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
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…
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?