FW15 Trend: Victoriana

The 19th-century era meets the dark side this season


After Summer’s bohemian outing filled with Woodstock-appropriate white lace and crochet and a field of bucket bags and lace-up sandals, it feels appropriate that the hippie girl has taken on a more sombre mood as we head towards Fall.

This season, designers have drawn on romantic notions of the Victorian era and conjured up a heady mix of velvets, sheer panels, lace, high collars and long sleeves — chaste silhouettes with a strong sensuality.


Alexander Wang (above) got the ball rolling at New York Fashion Week with a combination of neo-Victorian, Goth and punk. Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy collection (below) was injected with an ingenious dash of Mexican street-girl-gang attitude and faces covered in jewellery. Valentino’s folkloric frocks were unabashedly romantic and demure — albeit with plunging necklines.


How do you echo these runway ideas in an everyday context? Pair an elegant high, ruffled collar with slashed leather pants. A floor-sweeping gown with a nose ring. Or simply lace and leather. 

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