Trend of the week: Gothic romance

Prepare to be swept away by a gorgeously Gothic romance, says Annmarie O’Connor.


Decay and decadence are this season’s hot catwalk coupling? It would appear so.

Proving opposites attract, the period drama pairing found unilateral expression from Alexander McQueen’s roses to Simone Rocha’s historic bodices; not forgetting Alberta Ferretti’s Renaissance portraits.

Frothy frills, floor length frocks and deliciously diaphanous fabrics mark the mood. As for the muse?

Think Edgar Allan Poe meets Dracula – less helpless heroine, more leading lady with an otherworldly twist.


❏ TRY TEXTURES: Give a sombre palette the 3-D edge by mixing lace and chiffon with velvets and second skin leathers.

❏ DO DAYWEAR: Do dark by day with the simple addition of slub sweater and easy ankle boots.

❏ SHEER GENIUS: Scared of baring too much skin? Balance sheer textures with high necklines and long sleeves. Pair over-the-knee boots with peeka-boo skirts and layer discrete underpinnings for maximum modesty.

❏ GOTHIC LITE: Too decadent? Opt for ruffle blouse – perfect with anything from pencil skirts to high-waisted jeans.


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