Athena Magazine

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Vintage to Catwalk August 18, 2008

The Dark Romantic Trend

My mission is to bring vintage clothing a new lease of life. My aim: to find quality clothing that not only falls in line with current fashion trends but is accessible and affordable to all. You just require a little imagination and a copy of your latest fashion glossy to provide all the inspiration you need!

With that in mind, dear reader, I’ve decided to concentrate here on one of the key looks for autumn/winter 2008, that being the trend for all things dark and romantic. Catwalk shows everywhere have been full of sexy, seductive, gothic glamour, with lace, ruffles and bright red lipstick. Ahead of the game, as always, is the glorious Madonna, who is about to commence her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour with two outfits designed by the French fashion house Givenchy. Their runway shows translated into a desirable range from leather and PVC trousers to ruffles, high necklines and lace with large, statement jewellery pieces.

Just as a taster, here are three pieces chosen from a selection of vintage clothing, currently available from the Catwalk Creative on-line boutique. They fit in beautifully with the Gothic/Victoriana look that’s so hot right now. This is a look that everyone can achieve. Wear the lace blouse with skinny jeans or pencil skirt and a pair of booties, and the dresses with opaque tights and bold, oversized accessories. The wide shoulders of the vintage ’80s velvet dress would look wonderful teamed with a black cape or shrug. Oh, did I mention that Madonna’s due to wear a long, dramatic cape worn over one of her stage costumes for the upcoming tour? Now if it’s good enough for Madonna ……

Final note: as far as the makeup goes, think 1930s glamour with neo-bohemian dark, smouldering eyes, sharp cheekbones and bright red lips. It’s fabulous, darlings!