Wednesday, August 22, 2007

All Across the World

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This morning, I listened to The Replacements for the first time. Why should you care? I'm not sure. I'm not even sure why I care.
Well, that's kind of a lie...
Here's why:

I was born in 1982, which means I wasn't even a teenager during the grunge apex (or pre-grunge, for that matter). I jumped half heartedly onto the tail end, but my hometown was past whatever Nirvana inclinations it may have had. Maybe the seniors in high school had been saved my the messy boys with guitars and long, unbrushed hair. Me? I sort of loved the Smashing Pumpkins.

My whole life, I've been involved with people who loved music. People in bands, people for whom the norm was to argue over obscure British musicians. At one point in my life, I read Mojo religiously. But, because I was usually the least knowledgeable in the group, I was at the mercy of their tastes. And nobody ever had a taste for grunge.

So it's a whole new world for me. Maybe I don't necessarily love it, but I think I get what was so alluring about it. The production is messy and the songs twist and squirm away from and toward the melody, but they are raw and interesting and make you listen very hard to understand what is going on.

And what on earth does this have to do with jewelry? Well, today I picked some pieces that made me think of this music. Updated pieces that are rough but still feminine, like many a grunge girl in her prom dress and Doc Martens.

My boyfriend, who did experience the grunge era firsthand, tells me: "Think Chris Cornell in Soundgarden."
I give you that suggestion in it's full glory:

And my interpretation of modern grunge:

Vintage Cluster Ring, $9.99 on ebay

Three Row Leather Necklace, $42

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my! Antique Ivory Bracelet, $130

Green Leather cord Bracelet, $27

Vintage Turquoise Ring, currently $9.99 on ebay

Phew! This was a tough one... I want to say that it's difficult to interpret and era you didn't experience, but that's what fashion is all about, right?


ambika said...

Wow, I never thought I'd like anything that could be vaguely described as grunge (having lived through it as a teenager, I am not ready for it to come back) but these jewelry picks are awesome. Especially love those bangles and the green leather bracelet.

In Yr Fshn said...

Thanks, Ambika! It's still just my interpretation, but I definitely feel like the materials (natural) carry over that grunge vibe. I'm with you though: I don't think I could handle ripped jeans and flannel!

WendyB said...

I'm having trouble getting past your birth year. Well, at least I'm not quite old enough to be your mother. LOL.

LML said...

thanks for chekcing out my blog - i really like yours! and im coveting that green leather bracelet right about now!

Pretty In Black said...

I really like the second neclace in your previous post. By the way Chris Cornell <3<3

In Yr Fshn said...

Wendy, I still maintain that you are a 25 year old pretending to be older. Your pics support this theory!

lml: thank you! I like the green bracelet a lot as well.

Pretty in Black: You are not the only CC lova I know, but I'm more of a Billy Corgan girl myself. Ahh that bald head... Anyhow, thanks for stopping by!