Imagine a Fall line up of looks that pull you into an embrace of romance, seduction and mystery. It may sound like an excerpt off the pages of a NYT best seller when it’s well in fact the latest theme among the Fall’s biggest trends. Dark Romance is the theme and it’s rooted in Victorian engineered styles bearing moody fabrics such as velvet and lace– tipped off with florals.
The Dark Romance theme was present on a number of Fall ’15 runways including for J.W. Anderson, Gucci, Chloe, and Erdem. The theme is crafted for the fall/winter, fitting right in with the hazy backdrop of the fall and adding a blooming core base of florals that has been trending since the spring/summer season. Surprise, surprise! Florals have been hot since the spring/summer ’15 with more colorful remnants, and are still going strong for the fall/winter with an added touch of romanticism.
Love the trend? In a first ever we show you how to nail the Dark Romance theme with clothing and accessories right from your very own closet! Here are a few ways to nail the look this season..
Check your closet for trendy looks. If you have racks and racks of clothing or a drawer that’s hinting on overload, chances are you have at least one or two outfits that are in velvet. Velvet is one of the key looks for the dark romance theme. If you have velvet, especially in dark colors like black, royal blue or emerald, you can utilize these peices in a number of ways to nail the look. You can tailor the dark romance theme to your own personal taste with a velvet skrit, velvet blazer or velvet dress. Take the look to the next level while accuring your own design skills by adding floral appliques to your velvet peices (add a floral brooch to a velvet blazer) An alternate to velvet is lace. Lace is another key fabric for the dark romance theme. A lace dress works best for the trend and prefferably in dark colors such as black and merlot–add floral accents sparingly.
Embroiderd looks. Do you have an embroiderd cardigan or better yet an embroidered coat? If the embroidery just so happens to be floral then you’re all set! Check your closet for embroiderd peices. Whether it’s an embroiderd dress, coat or handbag, if florals are the name of the game then you’re already on trend.
Gaudy Jewelry with a Floral base. Any floral accesories laying around? These pieces can carry on your look and give it the dark romance theme. If you have statement jewelry that’s floral based you can add it to your wardrobe this fall to procure the look. As an alternative you can wear floral crown hair accessories, this look was popular for the spring/summer but can be carried over into the fall with darker floral tones.
Style tip: The Dark Romance trend is all about darker colors with floral accents in luxe fabrics such as lace and velvet.