Mixing lace, leather and knits to give head-to-toe black a new lease of life, at his autumn winter 2012 Helmut Lang clashed textures to stylish effect.
Take tips from the designer and layer up. Try teaming a leather vest over a lace body or pair a feminine chiffon skirt with a black cosy knit. If you’re wearing a winter maxi with a long-sleeved top, add a pair of chunkier ankle boots to streamline your shape.
A softer take on the romantic gothic trend, the cream colour will work with a myriad of wardrobe basics.
If you’re not ready to trial the romantic gothic look head to foot then dip your toe into the trend with Mango’s leather effect leggings.
Not sure how to incorporate the gothic look into your wardrobe? Accessories are the answer.
While texture mix is a key part of the trend, lace on lace doesn’t work, so stick to leather, silk or chiffon when toting this bag around town.
With its texture mix feel, the romantic gothic look is one of the trickier trends to translate. Try mixing lashings of leather with sheer chiffon and luxe lace or alternatively invest in a frock that’s done the hard work for you.
With its leather panels and structured shape, Preen Edition’s leather frock, dropping into Debenhams stores in September, makes dressing a doddle. Simply style with patent platform courts or pick a pair crafted from lace to score extra style points.
With their midnight coloured stones, diamante detailing and gothic rose focal feature, ASOS’s flower drop chandelier earrings prove you don’t have to spend big to soar in the style stakes. Simply slick your hair back into a low loose bun to show this pair off.
While some models sported head to toe black at Etro, others were dressed in frocks flecked with gold and classic shift style dresses given a romantic twist with a layer of mesh - proving there are two distinct ways to test the trend.
While some of the clothes veered on the softer side, backstage the styling team created a gothic luxe feel with models’ locks coiffed into slicked-back styles and nails painted in flesh-tones for a ghostly effect.
Follow suit and mix gothic lace and black fabric with separates in nude or pale tones and give your beauty regime a sultrier finish with worn-in smoky eyes, alabaster skin and slicked back tresses split into centre partings.
Reworked for autumn to tick off the romantic gothic trend, with its two-tone black and nude lace overlay, Miss Selfridge’s peplum top is a style winner.
Team with a pair of leather-look leggings and spiky black courts for an effortless evening look or add a shot of gothic glamour to your weekend wardrobe by pairing the peplum with your favourite skinny jeans.
There’s no escaping leather if you want to nail the look but forget pencil skirts and slip on a skater style instead.
With its midi cut, this is a figure-flatter that’ll form the core of your romantic gothic looks. Pick it up from select Debenhams stores in September, wear it with a crisp white shirt during the day and slip on a lace top to take you from desk to drinks.
Searching for the perfect pair of shoes to tie up the trend? Look no further than Spanish store Zara.
With their chunky platform and delicate gold detail, these will look stylish peeping out from under floor-skimming skirts and cigarette-style leather pants alike.
Gothic glamour shouldn’t be saved for day – give your look a romantic edge for the evening with a peek-a-boo chiffon camisole.
Peeking out from under a boyish blazer – pick a nude or white colourway to soften the look – By Malene Birger’s lace-trimmed top is fiercely feminine.
Stemming from Alice Temperley’s affordable sister line, Alice by Temperley, this lace and jersey piece is one of our favourite gothic-inspired skirts we’ve spotted.
Showcasing sheer side panels, lace overlay and satin trims, it nails the texture mix target beautifully.
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