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So what was Kim Gordon wearing during her interview at the Music Box Theatre for the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival? A very French, very Françoise Hardy look—motorcycle jacket and all. She came off as a Francophile too—so laid back that her silences and half answers turned out to be the highlight of the evening. When interviewer Alison Cuddy said she hoped things got less awkward as the talk proceeded, Gordon responded with a doubtful look that made the audience crack up. This nonchalance is clearly reflected in her style, as well as in her streetwise X-Girl designs of the 90s. Those were memorable times in fashion, when things got real. According to Marc Jacobs, who lost his creative-director job at Perry Ellis after presenting a grunge-inspired collection—the same one that got him a CFDA Designer of the Year award in 1993—it was about "a dismissal of everything that one was told was beautiful, correct, glamorous, sexy." Imperfection was finally being absorbed into the mainstream, and the working class look became aspirational.
Meanwhile, a pregnant Kim Gordon was presenting her own collection just down the street with guests like the Beastie Boys and a fresh-faced Chloe Sevigny on the catwalk (this MTV House of Style coverage of the event is really worth watching). Sevigny was also the main star of Sonic Youth’s Sugar Kane video, featuring scenes of the infamous Marc Jacobs grunge show. Fashion's a small world apparently.
Oh and guess who Coco, Gordon's daughter, totally grew up to look like? See for yourself after the jump.