I’m sure the term 'goth' conjures up a visual image for all of us. Since the 1980’s, born out of the post-punk era, goths have been a familiar subculture diversifying throughout the decades.
For me, the look was most apparent at school, when we were all searching for our identity and where we were most recognisably defined by what we wore and what music we listened to.
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The rebellious 'teenage goth' is still the most widely seen representation of this recycled style, with each group thinking they have pioneered the scene, that they are radically different from the rest and most importantly, individual. However, the core elements of dyed black hair, excessive black kohl eyeliner and predominately dark outfits continue - as well as parents despairing and wondering where their wholesome looking child has gone and when this phase will ever end.
The Autumn/Winter Catwalks have embraced that 'phase' and the alternative subculture is the key inspiration behind the forthcoming trend The Goth.
It is a deeply chic, sophisticated version of the teenage goth. Both dramatic and beautiful, this dark element is derived from rock, bondage and historical myth. The collections combine high octane glamour with a mysterious, hard-edged and menacing feel, depicted in black leather and lace, accessorised with religious iconography, dip dyed hair, pale skin, dark crimson lips and smoky eyes.
Dolce & Gabbana have referenced the gothic, baroque dressing of the Victorian period with high neck black lace dresses and provocative gold embroidered black net bustiers.
Gucci’s dominatrix mixes up fabrics and finishes in a luxurious layering of black brocade, chiffon and leather, finished with the season’s staple of knee high black leather boots. Sleek button high neck pencil dresses made from silk velvet and devoree.
Valentino's vixens were seen in stark black leather jumpsuits and leather skirt and cape ensembles. Matrix style black leather trenchcoats featured at Valentino and Alexander Wang. Wang added to the vamp drama with fishnet polo necks worn up over the face as protection.
Fendi offered luxurious silk velvet slim leg trousers for evening wear chic, whilst Mulberry teamed black leather trousers with shaggy black fur cropped jackets.
The prince of darkness was Riccardo Tisci, with his tougher, harder and darker collection for Givenchy. He showcased severely elegant black long sleeved, high neck leather mini dresses with fluted hems, structured jackets made up of panelled leather, wool and ponyskin. Skirts were high-waisted, belted leather with mini pleat details.
Wear it well: my must haves
Indulge your dark side by adding gothic undertones to your seasonal purchases. Look no further than the High Street for affordable versions of this trend.
Zara’s black lace and leather peplum pencil dress £89.99.
Warehouse nails this look with leather mini skirt with soft full pleats £80 and leather pencil dress £130.
River Island’s draped front leather biker style jacket £140