Frances Bean Cobain launches clothing line in honour of late father

Frances Bean Cobain has honoured her late father Kurt Cobain with a new clothing collection.The 27-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and the Nirvana rocker launched the line Kurt Was Here on Monday, with the 50-piece range created in partnership with …

Frances Bean Cobain has honoured her late father Kurt Cobain with a new clothing collection.

The 27-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and the Nirvana rocker launched the line Kurt Was Here on Monday, with the 50-piece range created in partnership with Kurt’s estate and Live Nation Merchandise.

Frances curated the line, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts featuring images of the musician’s paintings, sketches, and hand-written notes.

A portion of online sales will be donated to The Jed Foundation (JED), a non-profit organisation that seeks to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teenagers and young adults.

Frances largely remains out of the spotlight and has not yet commented on the collection, however, a representative for Live Nation told Rolling Stone that it was the right time to unveil the project.

“We believe that the importance of art is exceedingly potent in today’s social and political climate,” they stated to the music publication. “And that it is the right time to share this collection of Kurt’s work with artists, collectors, and fans, allowing them to experience Kurt’s legacy in a new way, and collectively celebrate his lasting impact on the world.”

The range comes a few months after the 25th anniversary of Kurt’s death. During the final years of his life, the Smells Like Teen Spirit star struggled with addiction and chronic health problems, and was found dead at his home in Seattle at the age of 27.

Most items are priced from $39 to $69 (£31 – £55) and are available to buy in department stores Selfridges and Barneys, as well as online at KurtCobainShop.com.

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Michelle Dockery was into grunge fashion growing up

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager. The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her r…

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager.

The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her real-life style was far removed from her character’s when she was growing up as she was into the grunge trend, which became popular in the ’90s thanks to artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Morissette.

Dockery was such a big fan of the Ironic hitmaker that she even tried to copy all of her outfits and hairstyles when she was 13 and 14 years old.

“I was completely obsessed with Alanis Morissette,” she recalled to U.S. InStyle magazine. “So when I went to bed, I’d put two braids in and then take them out in the morning so my hair would wave just like hers. I’d wear white shirts and jeans and just want to be her.”

The Godless actress regularly wore skirts that her mother made for her as well as Dr. Martens boots, a staple in any grunge wardrobe, alongside plaid flannel shirts and stonewashed or ripped jeans.

“My mum used to make a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, and when I got to that grunge phase, she would make my skirts,” Dockery continued. “That was her way of going, ‘I’ll make it look pretty and not really horrendous as if you just bought it from Camden Market (in London) and it’s dragging on the floor.'”

And at one point, she decided to experiment with her hairstyle and chopped her locks down to a cropped look too.

“Then I went through a phase when I cut my hair really short. I had a crop,” the star stated. “And I feel like that was the beginning of me wanting to be an actress. I was sort of copying people and playing characters.”

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Courtney Love fumes over Vetements’ Kurt Cobain replica T-shirt

Courtney Love has blasted Vetements for allegedly ripping off a T-shirt once worn by her late husband Kurt Cobain.Showing off one of the looks from the fall/winter 19 “surprise drop” on Instagram, featuring a green-haired model dressed in a white T-shi…

Courtney Love has blasted Vetements for allegedly ripping off a T-shirt once worn by her late husband Kurt Cobain.

Showing off one of the looks from the fall/winter 19 “surprise drop” on Instagram, featuring a green-haired model dressed in a white T-shirt with the slogan “Corporate magazine still suck Alot!”, a baggy cardigan, ripped jeans and chunky black biker boots, fans were quick to point out designer Demna Gvasalia’s creation was a near exact replica of a top Cobain wore for a magazine cover shoot.

Getting wind of the style scandal, Love added her own message underneath the post.

“You guys WHAT the F**K? I hate being put in this position. You should know better!” she fumed.

Grunge originator Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27, wore a white T-shirt with the words “Corporate magazine still suck” scrawled across the front for a Rolling Stone shoot with Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic in 1992. He teamed the garment with a cardigan and jeans.

This is the second fashion fight to involve Nirvana in recent months. In December, the band’s legal team began proceedings to sue Marc Jacobs over the alleged theft of their yellow smiley face logo – a trademark they have owned since 1992. Jacobs debuted the design, which features letters M and J in place of the eyes, as part of his re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

In March, the designer’s lawyers sought to have the legal case dismissed. In their filing, it was cited that Love was a big fan of the Marc Jacobs brands, and attorneys highlighted how, after first meeting the singer and her then two-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain in 1994, the three forged a long-standing working relationship.

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Marc Jacobs seeks to dismiss Nirvana lawsuit

Marc Jacobs’ legal team have asked for a lawsuit brought about by Nirvana to be dismissed.Nirvana’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl began the process of suing Jacobs in December (18) over a T-shirt motif in the fashion star’s r…

Marc Jacobs’ legal team have asked for a lawsuit brought about by Nirvana to be dismissed.

Nirvana’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl began the process of suing Jacobs in December (18) over a T-shirt motif in the fashion star’s re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

They claim the design, a yellow smiley face with the letters M and J in place of the eyes, is a copy of Nirvana’s yellow smiley face T-shirt – a trademark the group has owned since 1992.

But Jacobs’ lawyers disagree, and have asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out in documents filed in a California federal court.

They state that Jacobs was one of the originators of grunge, with his 1993 Grunge Collection a “groundbreaking” moment in the fashion world.

“It brought together high fashion and streetwear on the runway in a way that had never been done before. The debut of the SS93 Grunge Collection is now considered to be one of the most influential runway fashion shows of the 1990s,” they write.

His legal team also go on to cite Courtney Love, widow of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who came up with the smiley face logo synonymous with the band, as a big fan of the Marc Jacobs brands.

They state after first meeting both Love and her then two-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain in 1994, the three forged a long-standing working relationship.

“As friends of the brand, Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain helped celebrate the release of the (Bootleg Redux Grunge) collection,” lawyers write. “Each woman was gifted designs from the collection. Ms. Love was invited to perform at the launch event for the collection in Los Angeles. Both Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain ‘liked’ and commented on the images of the collection that Mr. Jacobs posted on his Instagram feed, including, notably, images of Mr. Jacobs in the T-shirt that is one of the Accused Products. Ms. Love commented on one of the images of Mr. Jacobs in that shirt, saying, ‘Nice photo! Looks some what familiar (sic)! Amazing’.”

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Anna Sui reviving iconic grunge collection

Anna Sui is relaunching pieces from her iconic grunge collection.The 54-year-old is reissuing parts of her spring 1993 range at the request of fellow designer and friend Marc Jacobs, who recently revived his own spring 1993 collection for Perry Ellis, …

Anna Sui is relaunching pieces from her iconic grunge collection.

The 54-year-old is reissuing parts of her spring 1993 range at the request of fellow designer and friend Marc Jacobs, who recently revived his own spring 1993 collection for Perry Ellis, titled the Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

As reported by American Vogue, Sui has sought the services of her niece Chase Sui Wonders and her niece’s best friend Losel Yauch, the daughter of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, to model items like printed apron dresses and a multicoloured striped top-and-pants set, with the fashion-forward pair styling the grungy looks themselves.

The collection can be purchased in New York City from Sold in Jacobs’s Madison Avenue pop-up shop and Sui’s Broome Street boutique

Looking back, Sui recalled that she and Jacobs bonded over a love of grunge music in the early ’90s, which led to them both creating grunge collections in 1992.

“We went to see Nirvana together at the old New York Coliseum,” the fashion mogul told Vogue reporters. “Back then, that’s how fashion happened a lot. It was just there, something definite in the air. Marc and I both were loving the music, knew those bands, and even went to concerts together. All the rock magazines that were out at the time had Courtney Love or Kurt Cobain on the cover. Those were the things that were probably on Marc’s inspiration board, too.”

Jacobs’ grunge reissue has spawned some controversy, with TMZ recently reporting that Nirvana are suing his eponymous brand over the alleged theft of their smiley face logo. Though, the 55-year-old is yet to comment on the lawsuit, he has since posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt to his Instagram page.

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Defiant Marc Jacobs wears T-shirt Nirvana is suing him over

Marc Jacobs has posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt after the band launched legal action against the design.Jacobs is seen posing on a private jet with his dog Neville by his feet on the way back from a festive trip to St. Bar…

Marc Jacobs has posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt after the band launched legal action against the design.

Jacobs is seen posing on a private jet with his dog Neville by his feet on the way back from a festive trip to St. Barths, sporting a black top featuring a yellow smiley face with the letters M and J in place of the eyes and the word HEAVEN above it, from his re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

The top bears a striking resemblance to grunge band Nirvana’s yellow smiley face T-shirt – a trademark the group has owned since 1992.

Last month (Dec18), the band’s legal team began proceedings to sue Jacobs over the alleged theft of their logo.

Lawyers for Nirvana – originally made up of late frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl – called the design a “blatant ripoff” and further alleged the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmakers were one of the founders of the grunge music scene, so even the name of Jacobs’ collection is linked to them.

It seems some fans agree, with one posting under the new Instagram photo: “No talent, stealing designs and just for your ego.”

Another asked: “@themarcjacobs isn’t that the shirt you’re being sued over?”

“I get it probably wasn’t done out of disrespect, but I feel he would react the same way if someone jacked one of his creations. Seems rude as a fellow artist,” a third commented.

Jacobs, 55, is yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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Marc Jacobs unearths show notes from 1987

Marc Jacobs has unearthed a set of show notes from one of his first fashion shows.The designer took to Instagram on Wednesday (02Jan19) to post a photo of a series of scribbles he had written on a piece of paper from the Eden Roc hotel at Miami Beach, …

Marc Jacobs has unearthed a set of show notes from one of his first fashion shows.

The designer took to Instagram on Wednesday (02Jan19) to post a photo of a series of scribbles he had written on a piece of paper from the Eden Roc hotel at Miami Beach, Florida while planning his spring 1987 show along with his creative collaborator and business partner Robert Duffy.

Along with the names of the models he wanted to cast, which included Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Bethann Hardison, Elle Macpherson and Gail Elliott, Jacobs had selected Maria de Schneider to do the make-up and Oribe Canales, who died suddenly at the age of 62 last month (Dec18), to take charge of the models’ hair.

“Whoa!!!! Completely blown away by this artefact of 1987 thanks to @longnguyennyc It was my program notes/credits from my Miami Beach inspired show (before South Beach had really fully developed). It took place in the (Onward) Kashiyama showroom on Seventh Avenue. Fun fact: It was my first show that Anna Wintour attended. She was then the Editor in Chief of HG (which was her new name for House and Garden),” he captioned the snap.

Jacobs also tagged his supermodel pals in the post and added hashtags such as “#humblebeginnings” and “#gratefulnothateful”.

However, the designer’s moment of nostalgia comes just days after it was announced that former members of grunge band Nirvana were suing him over the alleged theft of their smiley face logo.

In legal documents, lawyers claimed that the group, made up of late frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, have owned the trademark to the design since 1992, and alleged that a similar logo in Jacobs’ re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection was a “blatant ripoff”. Jacobs is yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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