Halloween may be more than a week away but with goth and grunge style making the autumn catwalks a far spookier place than normal, the dark side has lured us in sooner than planned. Of course, we all know that black clothes make for a perennial fall-back for any girl when the temperatures start to plunge, but this season’s dark offerings are full of luxury, too: spider-webbed lace, Victoriana collars and full velvet maxi skirts make for just a few of textural treats you can unearth.
Classic vintage goth looks aside – and there are many of them to choose from - designers like Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy or Jonathan Saunders have reinvented gothic and fetish tendencies into something decidedly more modern: Givenchy’s moody florals, unravelled leather bikers and sheer maxi skirts lead a new charge for eveningwear whilst Jonathan’s perky, sculpted patent pieces have inspired a thousand and one copies.
Jonathan Saunders [Rex] Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci [Jason Lloyd Evans]
It’s not just the new runways where we’re finding inspiration, either. Cult witchy flick The Craft has reignited, as popular blogging fodder. Winona Ryder’s alabaster skin and dramatic makeup circa the Johnny Depp days has returned as a jumping off point for a fresh look. Chokers seem like a good idea. As does excess amounts of velvet – and that’s outside of the party-dressing realm.
The Craft: a gothic must-see for fashion inspo
Should novel be your thing, you’ll find literal pieces from brands like YMC, who have embroidered skeletal bones onto a LBD, while Charlotte Olympia’s pumpkin pumps and fang clutch bags make for a very haute Halloween.
If you fancy stepping over to the dark side today, then the 40 buys in the gallery above will awaken your inner goth. Just leave the purple hair dye at home, yeh?