Grunge Just Can't Be Bought

How impossibly out of touch can the New York fashion crowd be in actually seeking to design the ultimately un-designable "grunge" look ("From trash can straight to Seventh Avenue," Top of The News, Mar. 22)? Just as Wall Street investment bankers can tell a real Brooks Brothers or Armani suit from a cheap knock-off at a distance of several hundred yards, so too can a true Generation Xer pick out real grunge from faux grunge. There's even a name for the haute-coutured grunge crowd: "Hodad posers." As punk was before it, grunge is a lifestyle and state of mind that simply can't be bought for any amount of cash.

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