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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013: '90s Trend Report

One of the biggest trends sweeping the New York Fall 2013 runway shows this spring was a nod to the '90s. That’s right—the layered, grungy, teen-spirited decade is back with a tasteful vengeance. Unlike some of the looks that came out of the iconic Nirvana music era (baggy and torn shirts, anyone?), this modern interpretation is a lot more practical and feminine. Think flouncy dresses (tie-dye and floor length as seen at Rodarte), plenty of layers (black on black at BCBG Max Azria) and punk rock combat boots ready for action. Don’t forget to top your look with a beanie combined with a simple, understated hairdo. The '90s looks from New York runways prove that both grunge and pretty can happily coexist.

Flattering Flannel: Richard Chai

Flattering Flannel: Richard Chai

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Richard Chai Love had an army-esque vibe to his collection with muted dark colors and heavy, durable fabrics like this plaid flannel.

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California Cool: BCBG Max Azria

California Cool: BCBG Max Azria

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The Fall 2013 collection from BCBG Max Azria—with its heavily layered looks and can't-be-bothered beanies—had a definite grunge-era vibe

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Slouchy Layers: BCBG Max Azria

Slouchy Layers: BCBG Max Azria

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Quilted, fur-trimmed, oversize outwear layered over flowy shifts and paired with thigh-high boots at BCBG Max Azria.

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Straight & Simple: DKNY

Straight & Simple: DKNY

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Even hair had a can't-be-bothered, understated cool to it as seen at the DKNY show where models sported no-fuss straight locks with knit caps.

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Oversized: DKNY

Oversized: DKNY

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Oversize separates in bold animal prints—like this coat seen at DKNY—harken back to the urban hip-hop looks of yore.

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Punky: Phillip Lim

Punky: Phillip Lim

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At the 3.1 Phillip Lim show, oversize, layered knits and a plaid flannel overcoat with fur trim evoke a punky, Seattle-in-the-'90s vibe. 

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Refined Grunge: Phillip Lim

Refined Grunge: Phillip Lim

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Lots of layers and plaid flannel gave the 3.1 Phillip Lim show a refined grunge vibe.

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Glam Punk: Diesel Black Gold

Glam Punk: Diesel Black Gold

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The Diesel Black Gold collection featured glam-tough looks like this punk rock-inspired biker jacket.

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