Controversial musician Courtney Love has taken her first foray into the world of fashion design with her debut collection Never The Bride. Posting pictures to her twitter feed, the range at first glance reminds me of the kind of vintage treasures one is likely to find in the West London vintage bridal couturier owned by Jane Bourvis. All Victoriana ruffles and lace and bustled knickers with an infusion of gothic glamour by way of black lace backless gowns and blood-dipped-esque dresses whose crystal and feathered embellishments save them from being likened to a crime scene specimen.
None of the pieces, from crinkled embellished tops to tiered sheer skirts, would look out of place on Love herself and further entrench themselves in her indie-rock style sensibility via the addition of Twenties inspired headpieces, fishnet stockings and electric blue Dr Martens boots. One gets the impression from the styling of the shoot that the girl Love had in mind for her collection is someone much like herself, burning the midnight oil well into the early hours of the following day and indulging in sexy ensembles regardless of the occasion.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Love said: “This is the stuff that I would wear if I was young enough to not look like Bette Davis in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane.” And, in true flamboyant and subversive style, she added: “In the hem of all the dresses, there’s a ruby and it says c***.” Crafted from repurposed vintage clothing and brought to life by model Chloe Norgaard during a shoot for Contributor magazine, the collection is due to be stocked at Net-A-Porter according to the designer, though the online retailer is yet to confirm this. Plans for a clothing range have been in the works for the past four years, but Love only confirmed a licensing agreement last year. Decorative, grunge-chic and quintessentially Courtney Love, she may be Never The Bride but I have a feeling her prospects for designer are far more promising.