Dark, moody romanticism was explored on many a Fall runway — from the head-to-toe jet-black looks at Lanvin and Rick Owens, to the mercurial floaty chiffon pieces at Roberto Cavalli, we're feeling this slightly fatalistic trend. You can also glean some goth-glam inspiration from Katia Selinger in this spread for L'Officiel Brazil's September 2011 issue, swathed in sultry black chiffon, elbow-length leather gloves, and severe hair and makeup. It's quite clear that Fall's glamour girl is one of mystery, subtle seduction, and quiet confidence.
Here's how to get the look:
- Focus on fabrics. Materials like velvet, lace, silk, leather, and chiffon play nicely to the moody, romantic Fall feel.
- Layer up for ultimate luxe. Part of the allure of the gothic romance look is the effortless, devil-may-care attitude with which layers are worn. Pair a maxi skirt with an ultra long, slouchy knit sweater, followed by a blazer or fur vest.
- Romanticism isn't about showing it all off; balance your look with a high neckline for the ultimate in gothic glamour.
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