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Gothic Glamour

Gothic Glamour

If you’ve been on holiday this summer you’ve probably arrived back in the UK with a bump. Our virtually non-existent summer has made the return from sunnier climes even more difficult than usual. The best way of getting over the post-holiday blues is to throw yourself into one of AW12’s new trends.

Dark and decadent, gothic glamour is not a trend to be tried during the summer. But, as the nights are drawing in and the temperature still dropping, dark colours and bold make-up are seasonally appropriate. This is a trend I’ve been itching to get into since I saw the AW catwalk reports all those months ago and now that new season stock is well and truly in stores I’ve been deciding just which pieces are essentials.

Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images / Title: Versace: Runway – Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

Versace, Rodarte and Valentino all incorporated gothic glamour into their catwalk collections. This isn’t the traditional goth we all know from our angst-ridden teen years; leather gets an update being paired with lace, sheer panels and luxe velvet. Think of intricate cross necklaces, embellished stilettos and sheer, studded ankle boots and you’ll be on the right track with accessorizing. This trend is more Evan Rachel Wood than Marilyn Manson so try not to overdo things and stick to one or two key accessories. Gucci proved that you can work the trend with colour so try mixing in a little oxblood, emerald or a deep violet.

A – Charlie dress by Goldie at Topshop, £68.00

B – Crystal cross drop earrings from Miss Selfridge, £12.50

C – Ornate cross necklace from ASOS, £8.00

D – Double chain ring by MJ Lajki at Nelly, £9.95

E – Beads and spikes multi chain bracelet from New Look, £7.99

F – Studded skull clutch bag from Bank Fashion, £25.00

G – Arrest shoes by Carvela at Kurt Geiger, £140.00

Roberto Cavalli and Gucci: Runway – Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012/2013] 

Gothic glamour hasn’t just hit fashion but also beauty. Whether you choose to wear the trend on your eyes, lips or even both, make sure your skin is pale yet natural. I’m sure that won’t be a problem after our washout summer. Models at Roberto Cavalli and Yohji Yamamoto wore fabulous smoky eyes with nude lips while at Viktor and Rolf the reverse was true with deep red shades on the lips and pale eyes. If you’re having trouble finding that perfect shade of vampy lipstick try mixing black and red to create a gradient look. It’s time to ditch the liquid liner as well; kohl or shadow works much better for this blended smoky eye.

A – Varnish in Charisma and Creator by Ilamasqua, £13.50 (photo courtesy of Do Not Refreeze)

B – Velvet Touch Lipstick in Lambada by GOSH, £6.49

C – Lip Paint in Black by Barry M, £4.49

D – Little Round Pot Light in Shade 01 by Bourjois, £6.99

E – Blow Out Mascara by 17, £6.29

F – Deco Darling Eye Palette by No 7 (available 31 October 2012), £10.00

G – Quickliner for Eyes in Intense Charcoal by Clinique, £14.00

H – Lipstick in Pleasureseeker by M.A.C., £14.00

I think a lot of us are going to have fun playing with this trend. I’d love to hear how you plan on working it in to your day-to-day style.


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  1. seen a few pics of you at the MADs… and wow! gothic glamour really does suit you… had forgotten about that… 🙂
    Looking forward for your next contri! 😉

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