City Pulse

By Kiki Von Glinow

No we’re not talking about chain-clinking black baggy pants or fingerless black lace gloves. Designers have taken Gothic Chic to the runways and they’ve done it in a way that walks the tragically beautiful line between gothic edge and feminine detail. Avoiding any Addams’ Family references, this trend borrows inspiration from the sophisticated Victorian lace age and blends it with an NYC gothic rebel vibe. Leather and lace, blacks, maroons, and crèmes give this trend a deathly delicious look. Designers like Prada, Givenchy and Rodarte crossed over with their Winter 09 collections and emphasized transparency, heavy metal accessories, and torn web-like tights. And who can forget the shoes? Badass spikes turned footwear into weapons – not a bad idea for a NYC girl. Careful not to overdo it, it’s not about all black or leather but the coexistence of these sharp pieces with more subtle shapes and materials like knits and tulles.

Givenchy’s black, wedge leather sandals are perfect to achieve this look. Pair them with a feminine dress and a studded cuff and you’ll have the best of both worlds. Pretty pricy but well worth the investment, Givenchy has a few really great pairs (check out their lace ankle sandals too!) that can catapult you to this Haute Goth level in a flawless fashion. If you’re not sure you want to splurge on this look, check out Dolce Vita’s birdcage heels in maroon available at Urban Outfitters for only $148.

Burberry is definitely leading the way in terms of Haute Goth accessories with their chain link necklaces, spiked bangles, and leather cuffs. Pair any of these with your favorite super-tight, black skinny jeans and a fitted blazer or loose t-shirt and you’re instantly given a dark edge.

Originally published February 2009
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