My Name Is Never Was


While I may have not come into existence until 1994, I still remember the 90s and thanks to my parents' hard time moving on to the next decade, the 90s were very much and alive and well in my house growing up all the way into the mid 2000s. Say what you will about Courtney Love's drug issues, (lack of) parenting, and relationship with Kurt, but she was one of my few icons growing up. In the 90s and early 2000s, a lot of the major women in music were pop princesses that I didn't care about. Whenever I thought about badass women in music that I wanted to emulate, I always fell back on Courtney Love. As an adult, I credit my platinum locks to both Debbie Harry and Courtney Love.


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Leather Pants

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Studded Boots

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Needless to say, I was so excited when Courtney Love collaborated with Nasty Gal for the first time last year. It was my favorite brand and my childhood icon meshing into items that I could actually wear. However, I was obviously not the only one who felt this way, especially thanks to the current grunge revival in fashion, because by the time I was able to spend any amount of money on this glorious collection, it was almost all sold out. When I heard that Courtney Love was collaborating with Nasty Gal just before the holiday season this year, I jumped on it and physically went into the store.

This Palladium Blouse was definitely at the top of my list when it came to items that I wanted from the collection. I love the loose flow-y fabric of this top. It's feminine with ruffles, bows, and lace while still being very rock and roll. I definitely felt like I missed out on touring the world in a band in this top. I paired the top with high-waisted leather pants to keep with the rock n roll feel. I tucked my shirt partially in to keep me from looking like I was drowning in a shirt that was too long and added a Western belt for some visual interest where I tucked the shirt in. I finished the outfit with a pair of studded ankle boots from Nasty Gal as well to give myself some extra height and edge so I would always feel like I was about to walk on stage.

Photographer: Nathan Jelenich