Nouveau Goth

2 October 2012
Evening dresses and the nouveau gothic trend
How to put a little lace and bloodlust 
into your occasion wear in 2012 

Blame TV, film and contemporary fiction’s obsession 
with all things vampirical, or perhaps the neverending
 Girl With a Dragon Tattoo remakes, but fashion 
has got a taste for all things the Addams Family this autumn/winter.    
The lace look has been popular for several seasons 
now, but this year, especially as the months get
 colder, it has acquired a different flavor.
 Autumn/winter is introducing lace and Victoriana 
looks which have less in common with the light,
 floaty broderie anglais looks of summer; 
instead colours like oxblood, deep navy and black 
are back for cocktail evening dresses

Not everything has to be as Morticia as some of 
these ‘nouveau gothic’ selections – especially
 when it comes to evening wear. Instead, it’s the 
influence of the heart-shaped neckline, long lace 
sleeves and deep cut, but high-collared looks 
that are channeling this gothic revival. 

Take a look at the selection of dresses online from 
UK fashion retailer Next, whose occasion wear 
and evening dresses pick up influences from the 
season’s key trends, without going into horror 
movie territory.
The Eclipse Collection (could it be inspired by the
 Twilight novel and movie of the same name?) has a prime 
example of the kind of wearable nouveau-gothic 
look that any woman can wear for a winter party. 
Combining long lace overlays and a figure-hugging
 slip dress underneath, the Lace Dress (pictured) 
comes in navy and black – but the navy version
 is most alluring for us. Combine with a textured
 and half-length coat or long jacket. Faux fur
 will give you a vintage retro glamour, but be 
careful to keep it this side of tasteful and 
not go too Cruella de Ville… 
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Purple lace dress from Next, £60
The oxblood red Lace Pencil Dress is another example
 of nouveau gothic done subtly well: oxblood is the
 season’s must-have dress colour, and it’s been cropping 
up all over the place, from coats to shoes. 
Pair it with opaque black tights and metallic shoes for 
a bit of sparkle, or some high sultry suede shoe
 boots for a textured, wintry look. 
How would you wear this look?
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