By Shanu Walpita

A GIRLY KIND OF GRUNGE New York:  Hache is a boutique label that goes about its business subtly, but one that women return to …

Feb 15, 2013


New York:  Hache is a boutique label that goes about its business subtly, but one that women return to season after season for wardrobe building blocks. The Italian brand, founded in 1990, has masculine-feminine, classic but not too basic down pat, and with their American customer base growing,  FW 13 marked their New York Fashion Week debut. Citing 90s grunge as her starting point, designer Manuela Arcari refined things to become “a little bit richer than actual grunge.”  The result? Not what Cobain and Co. themselves were wearing, but rather the cool girls who listened to their music and subscribed to Sassy magazine (think 90s style icons like Sofia Coppola, Chloë Sevigny, and Kim Gordon). Little perfecto jackets, pleated skirts layered over pants, baby pink faux fur, boyish pajamas, leather miniskirts and maltelassé anoraks all made for an indie girl-on-the-streets collection that’s destined to land on Fall shopping lists from Milano to New York. — Natalie Shukur

Silhouette: 90s / Layered / Slouchy / Tomboy

Color: Black / White / Baby pink / Silver / Cocoa / Army green / Gold / Navy

Key Items: Perfecto jackets / Shift dresses / Pleated skirts / Flat-front pants / Embossed silk shirt dresses / Faux fur skirts and gilets / Shell tops / Pajamas / Anoraks / A-line skirts / Knit sweaters—from slub to fine angora / Brocade and jacquard tailoring

Materials: Cotton / Brocade / Maltelassé / Wool / Leather / Embossed silk / Faux Fur / Angora / Merino / Silk jacquard

Print + Pattern: Large-scale polka dots / Filigree brocade / Micro geometric prints / Stripes

Details + Trim: Pleats / Patch pockets / Maltelassé quilting / Topstich seaming / Patchwork

Accessories + Footwear: Slip-on sneakers / Flat slides / Clog slides / Lace-up hi-tops Ankle socks / Fur clutches / Knit beanies


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