Going gothic was a massive trend on the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2012. Seen on the runway at Nina Ricci, Gucci, Versus and Givenchy to name just a few, a new era of strong sexy silhouettes in delicate black lace, luxe leather tailoring and sexy fitted dresses is upon us for winter - but who'da thought that the A-list trend-setters would pick up on such a dark trend in the height of spring? We've spotted many stars getting vampy on the red carpet recently (especially at the Met Ball) have swapped their glittery gowns and bronzed, glowy makeup for a much edgier, sumptuously darker look that hasn't spared one inch of glamour.
Earlier this week, we were marvelling at Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron wearing matchy-matchy gothic gowns at the premiere of their new film ‘Snow White And The Hunstman’ in London. While Kristen chose a lace Marchesa dress, Charlize opted for a Christian Dior Couture dress - both were dramatically floor-sweeping, black and sexily sheer.
This came only a week after the Met Ball in New York where we saw style-setters from Lana Del Rey to Rooney Mara going for monochrome and working dark eyeliner, fair-powdered complexions and blood red lips with their noir attire. Even the usually-angelic Kate Bosworth moved over to the dark side by sporting a black and red feather dress by Prada.
So this has got us Graziettes thinking about how to work the goth trend this summer (it doesn't look like the sunshine is coming any time soon, after all). Just one thing to beat in mind: although this is guaranteed an eye-catching entrance on spring’s party scene, it’s best to avoid such a striking look come wedding season - wearing black to your friend's nuptials will do nothing but earn you unwanted glares. Also avoid temptations to dye your hair or wear any religious-inspired jewellery with this look or else you will step dangerously close to Wicked Witch of the West territory (please refer to Gabriella from 'Made in Chelsea' in the gallery above). You have been warned.
As for how you SHOULD work the Glam Goth look now, take a look at our top five shopping picks below…