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Ayesha Michael

Fashion functions in our lives both to fit and find our flair, and this collection is the perfect collaboration between practicality and panache. Referencing the decade of minimalism and effortlessly cool grunge a la River Phoenix and his 90s contemporaries, the Grunge Essential range offers pieces to invest in for those wardrobe staples that marry function and fashion.


With a nod to the athleisure trend that saw runways mirror reality as designers incorporated the comfort and minimalism of performance-wear into catwalk style; this collection is designed to lay the foundations, while you inject that spark of personality. Whether worn layered together as a complete look or styled with other pieces from your wardrobe, the Grunge Essentials are a celebration of casual chic and pulling it off with confidence.


A colour palette of muted and neutral tones from bleached olive and coffee, to navy blue, dark charcoal and black, creates pieces that go with everything, on anyone. Boasting burgundy accents and raw and distressed details, the bleached olive tank and navy tee can be worn to fit or oversized as dresses. Raw necklines, designed to curl with wear and washing, reveal the innovative creativity imbued within the sartorial blueprint of each piece.


Gorgeous coffee-coloured fabric offers a subtle contrast at the neckline of the olive tank while burgundy thread interweaves the hem. From subtle pops of colour to an oversized baggy front pocket that sits right on the side seam instead of the traditional spot; consider this collection a designer’s ode to non-conformity as each piece traverses the expectations and limitations of how we should dress.


With a scooping neckline and scoop back hem, the navy tee is a contrast in terms with a straight front hem creating a look that is uniquely stylish. Worn either as its intentional t-shirt status paired with skinny jeans or as a dress; either way will lend an effortlessly cool look to the trendsetter carrying it off.


From tees and tanks to hoods and vests, the black hooded vest with reverse scoop back is the ideal solution to light-weight summer layering. Designed to be worn over any of the pieces in the collection, or from your existing wardrobe, the vest combines a longer length at the front with the reverse scoop at the back to reveal the details of whatever’s worn underneath. An embroidered waistband and hidden pockets add just the right touches to a piece that’s sure to become a statement in every outfit.


Top to bottoms, and it’s all about the legs in the Grunge Essentials slim fit black shorts. Belt loops accommodate a certain Scruff Candy accessory, a prerequisite for the die-hard nineties fashionista, and the coolest feature (aside from the elasticated waist for easy on off for little people) is the oversized pocket. In short, the ultimate piece to suit a styling mini in need of storage for the treasure-seeking pursuits in vogue at such a tender age.


Essential minimalism with room for personality, the Grunge Essential range is the only new years’ resolution your fashion-forward little need have for 2017, the rest is simply accessorizing.


Written by: Hadassah Hine (nee Nymark)


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