Recently, there has been a lot of talk on the internet about the return of indie sleaze, alt-girl fashion, and the early 2010s Tumblr aesthetic—an era marked by alternative pop, amateur film photography, smudged mascara, and grungy ’90s fashion worn by the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung that defined the party scene circa 2012. With goth glam emerging as a micro-trend at the 2022 Met Gala, the angsty-fashion trend has been percolating for some time, but fall 2022 is the moment where we’ve seen it reenter fashion in a major way.
Moody fashion was core to many of the fall collections in looks that tap into a dark, mostly black palette and pieces that embody an inherent edginess. Khaite’s F/W 22 collection felt grittier and edgier than its earlier collections, with Nirvana’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” playing alongside biker skirts, slashed fringe dresses, and draped maxi skirts. Blumarine pivoted away from last season’s Y2K pastels into darker territory with sheer mesh tops, choker necklaces, and heavy eyeliner, and Christopher Kane, Versace, and Givenchy also leaned into a darker punk aesthetic. Many cool insiders have been entering their angsty-fashion era by adding cult pieces into their closets. Ahead, see the key buys.