In the Nineties you needn’t have looked further than Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love to understand the spirit of the age. The couple embodied the grunge aesthetic that dominated a decade of cool in fashion and music. And in the Noughties no man influenced the look more than Dior Homme’s Hedi Slimane, whose inspiration came straight from the skinny young men he saw at gigs and on the street.
Since leaving the label in 2007 Slimane has brought his lean dark look to his photography and regularly uploads his encounters on his online diary. His latest entry, a series of portraits with 19-year-old Frances Bean – daughter of Kurt and Courtney – is a coming of age moment in recent pop cultural history. Having spent 19 years out of the lime-light, Frances’ is now a haunting beauty in her own right. Slimane’s images of her are all tattoos and ripped up jeans. It’s the portrait of an age moved on, but that still has all the angst of its forebears.