Back to black as Goth makes welcome return; OnTrend.
AS A teenager, I took my Goth look very seriously indeed. My 'uniform' consisted mainly of skirts that swept the floor, ruffled shirts, tight bodices, lace and military-style jackets. And the most important thing - everything had to be black.
So it's a real nostalgic look for me and I'm always delighted to see Gothic-inspired fashions back on the high street. For autumn/winter 2010 the look goes vampy, as grunge meets glamour full on.
The great news is this is a simple trend to follow and as flattering as it is feminine. Don't be afraid to mix your textures - velvet, brocade and lace work beautifully together - while a chic little black dress can be teamed with a grungy cardigan for maximum impact Finish off with black nail varnish and red lips and, with Halloween just around the corner, you're ready to enter the dark side of style.
1: With a designer feel and attention to detail, this tunic could come straight off the catwalk. Instead, it's off the shelf at New Look for pounds 60. 2: In store this month, this black lace top from Autograph at Marks & Spencer is pounds 39.50. 3: Edgy yet cute this velvet ra-ra skirt is pounds 16 from Matalan's Be Beau range. 4: Grunge glamour in an instant... this crafted jumper costs pounds 32.99 from Republic.