THE WORD ICONIC JUST DOESN’T SEEM TO BE ENOUGH WHEN DESCRIBING COURTNEY LOVE
Singer, actress, mother, rock star’s wife and desperate widow as well as, for the haters, bitch and drug addict, Courtney seems to hold in one person all the possible aspects of femininity and it’s not a wonder that this mixture may sometimes be explosive.
She has been criticized, slut-shamed, accused of murder and considered the worst possible incarnation of a punk nightmare, but the truth is that all she has ever done, when singing “I want to be the girl with the most cake” and, more recently “In the filthy morning after, I have walked the walk of shame”, is very simply remaining true to herself and – loudly – speaking up her mind.
With her bleached blond her, scarlet lips and huge eyes, she got the attention of several important photographers, from David Lachapelle to Jurgen Teller, all of whom tried to capture her uncomfortable, roaring attitude and ended up with melted film and immortal pictures.
And with her lace baby-dolls, her tiaras, her torn fish-nets, silver lockets and white collars she lead a whole generation of girls into the “Courtney Love style”.
Because it’s not only Courtney’s personality and music that are iconic: from the early 90es, when she embraced grunge and riot grrrls, till later on, when she polished her image and softened her growls (and still no Versace dress or Dolce & Gabbana outfit could really make her seem reassuring) her style has always been amazingly powerful and now, for the first time, she finally got her own collection produced.
Sophia Amoruso from Nasty Gal sat down with Courtney, flicked through archive photos, discussed about grunge, punk, riot grrrls and all that in the 21st century, and came out with a selection of items inspired by Love’s signature style. No need to say some pieces are already sold out.
Text by Sara Kaufman