Is there anything more entertaining to read than a Courtney Love interview? This time, the rocker sat down with WWD to wax free associatively about style and her sartorial education at the hands of Karl Lagerfeld, Daphne Guinness, and Lady Amanda Harlech, but the best part of the interview might be when Love confesses to doing some very bad things to Marc Jacobs‘ infamous grunge collection for Perry Ellis.
“Marc sent me and Kurt [Cobain] his Perry Ellis grunge collection. Do you know what we did with it?” she asks WWD. “We burned it. We were punkers — we didn’t like that kind of thing.”
Oof. A piece of fashion history in the fireplace. Well, except for a lone bonnet and a pair of electric blue shoes that managed to escape Love’s pyromaniacal tendencies.
Thankfully, a savvy friend prevented a similar occurrence from happening to a couture John Galliano gown — which Love had hoped to customize. Herself. With scissors.
“I went to whack it with scissors because it would be more useful that way,” Love recalls. “And this is 1997 couture crepe Galliano. Somebody said to me, ‘You aren’t whacking s–t and this is why,’ and explained to me what couture was, because I had no clue what couture was, or resort, and I didn’t know what A/W meant.”
Love seems to have changed her fashionably destructive ways — and chalks it all up to her six-month-old Birkin.
She insists that in the six months since she’s started toting the luxe bag that it’s caused her to conduct herself with the utmost decorum. “Having a Birkin even makes you read every part of the Emily Post etiquette book.”
And if that’s not a ringing endorsement to spend $7000 (and up!) on a not-at-all exclusive leather bag, we don’t know what is.