Why Courtney Love Is Queen of ’90s Style: What to Expect From Her Nasty Gal Collaboration

With babydoll minis, bodysuits, and chokers galore, there’s always been something decidedly ’90s-ish about Nasty Gal (to be fair, it did all began with founder Sophia Amoruso flipping vintage clothes, so the vibe makes total sense). As such, the announcement that Courtney Love would be working on a new collaboration didn’t feel like as much of a surprise as a “What took so long?” moment.

Details are super sparse at the moment (the collab was announced via Instagram—the brand’s running a giveaway for fans to attend the collection’s launch in Los Angeles and meet Love). While we can’t share pricing or a specific launch date, we can guide you on a quickie tour of the rockstar’s sartorial path.
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Love fronted Hole throughout the ’90s, with many a stage appearance giving her an opportunity to epitomize the decade’s style. A look she wore frequently that we’re betting will have a large presence in the range she produces for Nasty Gal? The babydoll dress, with short sleeves, a high hemline, and a full skirt.


Some of the best examples of ’90s formal dressing was all about the silky maxi or nightgown dress, characterized by a fluid look and clean lines. Love wore her champagne silk number to party with British ’90s it-girl Amanda de Cadenet, and it’s a look we sincerely hope gets a second-turn through the collab. (For a second example, check out Kate Moss’ wedding dress, a totally now creation that relied heavily on ’90s inspiration).

How many crushed velvet pieces do you remember begging Mom to buy you at the Limited Too? It was a trend that trickled right on down to middle school, but it’s easy to point to Love as one of the original trendsetters who slipped on the material. The look mostly fell out of favor, but checking out Love’s 1997 gown, we’re starting to think it’s time to resuscitate the look. Pay attention to the beautifully draped neckline on this dress too; it’s another Love favorite that we imagine she’ll incorporate into the collaboration.


Her style’s definitely evolved into something more sophisticated over the years, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s changed. The same core silhouettes and accents remain, including a love for sheer black fabrics. This snap was taken from Givenchy’s spring 2016 show in New York City, and the style continuity means we can all expect plenty of see-through blouses and dresses.

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