Trend report : Dark Romance

Think fashion Goth- delicate lace, rich velvet, flowing chiffon, feminine silhouettes for this darkly brooding and beautiful look.

Seen at its best on the Gucci AW12 catwalk particularly this showstopper black maxi dress (above left) It’s been seen in every fashion magazine for the past two months, and spawned a million high street inspirations.

Don’t be put off by the word “Goth”. No one is going to think you’re headed to the central bank to fain misery and grow a beard. This seasons take on the Goth trend is super lux, sensuous and ladylike, the alluring femininity of the night. Good girl gone dark.

This look was also seen on the catwalks of Alberta Feretti, Balmain and Alexander Wang. The key thing about this look is to keep it polished. Stick to a sleek slicked look for you’re hair (no Cheryl Cole does ladies) and keep makeup velvet matte smooth. Also ditch the fake tan (gasp!) – Ghostly pale skin is in for AW12 so you can celebrate the porcelain skin Ireland gave ya.

If you’re still too scared to go head to toe fashion Goth just yet, you can channel the trend in your accessories. Elbow length lace gloves, nail art, capes and tights are all great ways to follow the trend. Topshop has some of the best on the highstreet

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