A model displays a creation by British fashion designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen spring-summer
IF the word Gothic conjures up images of sullen inky-eyed teens, or Twilight’s beautiful blood-guzzling vampires, then it might be time for a rethink.
Because the biggest name designers have decreed that fashion is feeling in a dark mood and that means a resurgence in all things decadent and dramatic.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen unveiled a Gothic inspired collection in Paris for spring/summer 2012, full of satin and lace, and so too did Yves St Laurent and Chanel.
But it isn’t just stunning evening dresses which have crossed to the dark side - bridal gowns have too.
The queen of wedding style Vera Wang has just released a collection in New York called Witchcraft by Vera Wang. It features black gowns designed with lace, tulle and organza, and has had fashion observers predicting that in the next few months at least black could well be the new white.
There’s no doubt that Gothic glam is having a moment and, with Halloween just around the corner, it’s a trend that Liverpool fashion followers are finding more of a treat than a trick.
“Brides fall in love with the romance, magic and mysticism of the look,” explains Liverpool wedding planner Helens Burns. “But it’s a trend that is accessible to all, not just Gothic brides.
“Rich colours such as deep reds and purples and emerald greens have an edge without the bride having to wear all black, and materials such as lace, velvet, silk and chiffon all hint towards Gothic glam.
“A lot of fashionistas drew inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge’s iconic wedding dress, and from Sarah Burton’s recently unveiled collection for SS12.”
Helen, who lives in Allerton, launched her Bespoken Dreams wedding consultancy in April. She says the Gothic trend doesn’t just centre around what the bride wears, it’s all about setting the scene too.
“Castles, stately homes and country manors are the perfect backdrop to build this theme around and props and accessories including candles and dramatic flowers like black roses and calla lilies all add to the feel,” she explains.
"Dramatic italic and Gothic fonts can be used on wedding stationery and menus, and quotes from Gothic-inspied literature like Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey or favourite movies are perfect nods towards the trend which can be used on table plans and place settings.
“Brides and bridesmaids might also want to experiment with darker make-up for lips and nails, so there are lots of ways to incorporate touches without going for a full-blown Gothic wedding.”
In perfect timing for the trend, Liverpool will host a Gothic Fashion Show on Thursday November 3.
The event, at the Wedding House near the Anglican Cathedral, is being co-ordinated by Kate Bentley from Eat Your Heart Out Vintage boutique in aid of Alder Hey’s Clothes Throw Appeal.
More than 30 suppliers, covering everything from cakes to corsetry, will be taking part in the show encouraging guests to unleash their inner Gothic girl.
“The theme translates into mystery, subtle seduction and quiet confidence for any bride-to-be or fashion conscious woman,” says Kate.
“Our collections are influenced by the timeless style of the past as well as catwalk trends from the present, offering fashion forward vintage clothing. Materials of luxe lace, velvet, silk and floaty chiffon take the look from the runway to the big day.
“For the show, each boutique will give an appetiser of its autumn/winter collections with a nod towards Gothic glam. Cloud 9 Bridal, Eat Your Heart Out Vintage and Hollywood Glamour are among the names showcasing their collections with hair and make-up from in-house professionals.”
The Gothic Fashion Show will take place at The Wedding House, 3-4 Great George Place, Liverpool 1 on Thursday November 3, 6-8.30pm.