Saint Laurent’s Made A Grunge Tiara for the People


If your definition of grunge starts and ends with Kurt Cobain, here’s an actual one, from the dictionary:

: a type of loud rock music that was popular especially in the early 1990s; also : the fashions associated with this type of music

: heavy dirt

Until now, no one would have ever suggested that “the fashion associated with this type of music” includes tiaras. And yet, as YSL live-tweeted their SS16 runway show, sharing previously shot images of the collection and too-cool models (hey what’s up hello Agyness Deyn!), the brand made not one but two mentions of “the grunge tiara.”

First, that classic phrase, “to be worn with anything.” Anything? Or everything? Because if you shell out for this special grunge-only tiara—which is surely going to cost over a grand, at the very least—you might as well wear it with everything you own—even galoshes. That’s so grunge!


A model wears YSL’s grunge tiara. Photo: Hedi Slimane

Second, just in case everything you just read made you go, “Wait, what?” and like this one guy on Twitter you wonder, “I’m not sure if this is brilliant or complete BS,” the brand clarified.


Courtney Love wearing a tiara in 1995. Photo: Getty Images

Courtney Love, of course, deserves any and all credit for incorporating tiaras into grunge. The actress and musician, who’s served as a sort of muse to designer Hedi Slimane, starring in his AW13 campaign, has been pairing her babydolls and silk slip dresses with sparkling headgear since the early ‘90s. And in 2013, she told all about her history with “little plastic tiaras,” because, you know, grunge isn’t really the place for designer crowns. So in honor of Love, here’s one you can buy for $0.89 right now. BYOG.

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