LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

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Never be­fore have we ex­pe­ri­enced ran­dom images thrown at our face 24/7 like to­day, what with the ubiq­uity of In­sta­gram and other so­cial me­dia plat­forms. While things like smart­watches are creep­ing into our wardrobes, it wouldn’t be long be­fore we’re cov­ered head to toe in wear­able tech.

But, look at our clothes to­day. Yeezy’s tat­tered sweaters, Hedi Sli­mane’s per­sis­tent skinny rocker looks and Prada’s chaos-in­spired run­way—what’s go­ing on here? As with any­thing in fash­ion, what goes around comes around, and we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a come­back of the ’90s: Hello thick shoe soles, plaid flan­nel shirts and ripped jeans!

We can eas­ily point a fin­ger at the cul­prit: The Mil­len­nial. Their im­pact on fash­ion (and fash­ion de­sign­ers) is un­de­ni­able. They are the ne­ti­zens who dom­i­nate the on­line world. The Mil­len­nial’s ul­ti­mate mes­sage is re­bel­lion—they are con­stantly bored and un­afraid of try­ing new things (with one selfie at a time).

Now, if you lis­ten re­ally, re­ally close, you can prob­a­bly hear Nir­vana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” play­ing in the back­ground. One snip­pet of the song’s lyrics, “Here we are now, en­ter­tain us, I feel stupid and con­ta­gious,” hits all the right chords. Add to that Kurt Cobain’s grunge style and ev­ery­thing makes sense. Yes, the world is ridicu­lously con­nected now; yes, the mil­len­ni­als are tak­ing the lead; but … maybe they aren’t … ready. They’re still tat­tered-look­ing ado­les­cent souls long­ing to be en­ter­tained, yet in­ex­orably feel­ing stupid, while re­main­ing im­pres­sively con­ta­gious.

But then, why are we not wear­ing clothes that look any­where near the ever- con­nected tech­nol­ogy to­day? The end­ing of that ’90s song seems to sum it all, where Cobain screamed nine times: “A de­nial.” Yes and what an eye- catch­ing de­nial to­day’s style is. Thank you, mil­len­ni­als.

kurt cobain by Jeff kravitz

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