R13’s Fall/Winter 2021 Collection Is an Ode To Grunge
The new collection is a youthful throwback to an era dominated by MTV and Kurt Cobain.
Quarantine has led many people to seek more comfortable outfits, both literally and figuratively: loose clothes became the prime choice for staying at home, while nostalgic styles provided some sense of escapism and longing for happier times. R13’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection channels those two sides of comfort through “COVID GRUNGE,” Chris Leba’s take on the iconic movement of the 1990s.
“Attitude” is by now a very familiar word for Leba, who in past years has shown designs such as punk rock graphic tees, loopy jeans, and bulky shoes – making the development of a grunge collection seem like a natural next step.
The presentation video was shot on the streets of Soho at night, giving it a dream-like after-club-stroll-with-the-friends-at-3-am vibe to the sound of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s 1985 hit “Just Like Honey.” The VHS and low-frame rate effects also help establish an old-school atmosphere, while the short film reminds us about how it felt good to just be able to hang out with our pals.
In addition to the mostly oversized and loose fits, the collection features colorful animal print on pants, sweaters, jackets, and faux-fur coats, along with distressed acid-wash denim, floral patterns, and, of course, lots of flannel and plaid fabric, presented on designs that go from coats to pants to long skirts.
Puffer jackets and graphic shirts also have a big moment, with prints that play with the traditional “New York City” souvenir logo and Sonic Youth sweaters. Accessories include bright-colored knit beanies, embroidered caps, and a reimagining of Kurt Cobain’s iconic white oval sunglasses.
Another highlight is the platform sneakers, which mix checkered shoelaces and are scribbled and doodled all over with motifs that include Nirvana’s x-eyed smiley face, a “f*ck” wide tape, and “Free Britney.”
The full lookbook is available on R13’s website. Watch the presentation video below: