If I said to you that gothic glamour was the latest trend to hit this season, you would probably think of black eyeliner and sullen teenagers. But this style has taken the edginess from the fashion and vamped it up, using the colours and the textures, and blending in a modern feel, using high quality materials and designer embellished structured pieces. So instead of having cheap looking items, you are now getting gorgeous, lush velvets, teamed with wispy lace, bohemian separates coupled with modern urban matching accessories, that will put the glamour back into the gothic look. Check out our favourites:
Embellished lace-detailed silk-organza dress – £1,220
Vanessa Bruno unveiled a magical interpretation of irreverent city style for FW12 Paris Fashion Week, illustrated by this scintillating black silk-organza dress. Finished with crystals, sequins and velvet lace, this enchanting LBD will light up your party portfolio. Pick up the metallic-fuchsia underlay with a matching clutch, adding ankle boots for runway-ready results.
Paneled silk-satin and silk-crepe dress – £1,975
Prabal Gurung beautifully blends artful detail, expert draping and panels of silk-satin to create this exquisite hunter-green dress. A contemporary interpretation of ’20s-inspired glamour, this style is the height of after-dark chic. For a high-fashion effect, finish this piece with Art Deco earrings and red lipstick.
Aviana embellished sateen dress – £400
A-listers look to Milly for impeccable red carpet styles, and this black sateen dress is a fabulous choice for your next event. Featuring an embellished sheer yoke and structured skirt, this runway piece reflects the label’s couture-inspired aesthetic for FW12. Dial up the decadence with mixed metals and a pop-bright clutch.
Silk-chiffon and printed silk dress – £2,030
Fall’s dark romanticism is bewitching, and Gucci’s velvet-trimmed silk-chiffon dress is brooding with gothic opulence. Printed with faded tulips through the skirt and barely concealing a Baroque-inspired brocade bodice beneath its whisper-weight top, this delicate style is an alluring after-dark choice. Take your cue from the runway show and team it with black accessories and a vampish slick of berry lipstick.
Embroidered cotton-mesh dress – £560
Isabel Marant gives its signature bohemian chic a subtly dark twist with this embroidered mesh dress. The intricate pattern finishes this cool-girl style with craft appeal. Ground yours with a dose of urban edge by adding fringed ankle boots and tough jewelry.
Nebraska silk-satin dress – £610
Introduce the cool, contemporary aesthetic of British label Preen Line into your wardrobe with this silk-satin dress from the brand’s FW12 collection. Complement the urban black and gray hues with silver jewelry, slipping on a pair of pointed pumps for added attitude.