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This week while at the gym, I found myself drawn to a particular Top 40 video playing across the flat screens inciting within me the most intense ‘steal her style’ ambush ever! Dancing her way through Williamsburg, Brooklyn and wearing an #OOTD so hip that I’m already at the checkout page of my favourite online shops (subsequently ‘getting the look’), this is Canadian “newcomer” Kiesza’s debut single, Hideaway and the awesome one take video that it comes with. Did I mention it was shot in my home city of Brooklyn?! I am all over Kiesza’s “acid wash + white bralet + suspenders + red kicks = 90s ska girl with a hip hop vibe” look. Dare I say it – it’s very Shoreditch.

Kiesza - Hideaway video still

White Crop Tops

Clockwise from top left: H&M Faux Leather Bralet £25H&M Lace Bustier £13Topshop Bardot Crop Top £10Topshop Crinkle Bandeau Top £12

Kiesza Hideaway video still

Acid Wash Jeans

Clockwise from top leftTopshop Moto Leigh Jeans £38, Forever 21 Acid Wash Sailor Jeans $28Boohoo Heidi High Rise Skinny Jeans £25

Kiesza Hideaway video still

Red Trainers and Suspenders

Clockwise from top left: Nike Blazer Trainers Was £70, Now £45, Handmade Black Suspenders £17, American Apparel Suspenders £16, Ash Bowie Wedge Trainers £150, Reebok Freestyle Vintage Inspired Trainers £65

So, have you heard? “You Know My Name” from Courtney Love’s double A-side single launched this week, and you know what? It’s actually pretty good. Delivering two and a half minutes of no nonsense punk-influenced rock, it also casts a familiar sound – her on again/off again band from the late 80s/early 90s, Hole.

Aside from the drama, feuding, controversy – and accolades – that followed the band during its heyday, what I also remember most is a heavily peroxided Courtney effortlessly putting the babydoll and slip dress through its paces. You had to love her prom-queen-gone-rogue style…

Hole Band Photo

Courney Love - Hole

Hole

Courtney was all smeared lipstick, torn tights, unruly hair – but it was the dresses that were so iconic to her look. A mix of lace, lithe and Lolita, it’s a style that still has appeal today.

Babydoll Dresses

Left to right: Free People Chelsea Morning Slip Dress £138Meadham Kirchhoff Ophelia Dress Now £971, Simone Rocha Transparent Floral Dress £1,920, Isabel Marant Obira Dress £470

Lace Dresses

Left to right: Free People Lace Godet Babydoll Dress £170, Topshop Tier Crinkle Chiffon Smock Dress £40Collette by Collette Dinnigan Cotton Lace Dress £325Thakoon Embroidered Cotton Slip Dress £1,225

The whole statement of pairing sweet, innocence with overt sexuality was meant to challenge society’s definition of femininity. It was a defining 90s look and Hole was known for it. So, with Mary Janes, red lipstick and peroxide at the ready – if you don’t know her name by now, it’s Courtney, bitch!

Courtney Love

 

Hole Images Source: Pinterest