The autumn/winter 2012/13 runways in Paris and Milan focused on dark fabrics and deep colours, mixing soft and sheer pieces exuding sophistication and femininity – a new trend known as gothic romance.
The feminine features of the trend come from soft velvet and floaty silk fabrics, while the stronger touches stem from tough leather and dark colours, as seen at Salvatore Ferragamo and Alberta Ferretti.
A gothic trend always focuses on black but this season the fashion houses experimented with burgundy and deep green, as seen at Gucci, pushing forward a softer and more sophisticated take on the trend.
When it comes to the perfect gothic romance outfit, Sofia Barattieri’s key picks are a pair leather trousers teamed with a chiffon blouse, accessorised with a pair of boots, a cape and a chic hat.
The gothic trend was interpreted in different ways throughout the catwalk shows, from Gucci’s use of softer colours to Valentino’s unconventional use of leather. Sofia Barattieri’s favourite interpretation was that of Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci. He consistently pushes the boundaries of fashion with bold, daring choices which always remain feminine and sophisticated.