Buttoned-up lace dresses, dramatic black or colorful florals. This season designers are flirting with dark romance and lovey-dovey fabrics, uniting both gothic and poetry. Explore fall’s dark side with the dark romance trend for 2013. Think delicate lace, rich velvet, feminine silhouettes and flowing chiffon for a mysteriously dark but beautiful look. Key elements include capes and high necklines while maxi silhouettes often incorporate transparency. Whether you go for studded heels, black lace detailing or a peplum top, as long as you’re deep, dark and moody with your hues you’ll be bang on trend for this goth inspired dark romance look.
This look is perfect for a powerful, confident woman who isn’t afraid of showcasing her darker side, without losing her femininity. Combine structured, utilitarian pieces like thigh-length trenches and high-waisted pencil skirts with some delicate touches such as lace, sheer or floral-patterned fabrics to soften the look. Possibly the best part of this trend is that accessories such as boots, gloves and dark makeup further enhance your overall look.
If you’re off shopping, keep your eye out for anything lace, blood red silks, melancholy maroons and – this goes without saying – plenty of black. Finally, mix and match all these items, patterns and fabrics to create a moody and mysterious look. Inspiration can be found in the autumn/winter 2012 collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Jason Wu, Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Are these high-end designers not within your budget? No worries, virtually every high street chain has its own interpretation of the dark romance trend, making it all the more accessible.