A Fashion Girl’s Guide to Halloween

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Gothic glamour on the streets

There is always an element of gothic glamour on the autumn winter catwalks. This season, we welcomed the dark side with luxury lacquered lips and noir nails, leather with attitude and lashings of lace.

Whether it’s a patent over-the-knee boot, or a guipure ensemble, the only ‘fancy’ in our dress code for Halloween is courtesy of couture-like details. Set the bar at an all time fashion high and follow our guide to the most stylish All Hallows’ Eve yet.


At Alexander McQueen black pleats and strategically placed lace panels were accessorised with collars, cuffs and an ear full of hoops. At Dior, underwear was revealed under a black knitted mesh dress, while a leather bucket hat and neck adornment in the form of a pearl choker added that luxe grunge finesse. Elsewhere, glamorously gothic undertones gripped the runways. 


Naturally, the fashion pack offered a lesson in how to nail the perfect balance between goth and glam. Black, white and a smattering of burnt orange or mustard made for a bewitching colour palette.

Billowing lace and floral dresses cinched in at the waist, collars worn high (think Victorian style) and cat-eye sunglasses or gold hoops will offered a modern, feminine edge. Capes always add a dramatic fairytale feel, too, whether in lace or worn over the top of lace (as pictured below). Take you inspiration from these ladies…

The street style set were inspired by moody blooms and chic capes

From Isabel Marant’s hot-off-the-runway boots, to Prada’s beautifully intricate lace cape and Gucci’s stripe tights, make your Halloween more magnificent than Maleficent. Scroll below for our edit of this season’s most vampish trend.

Beauty also paid tribute to Wednesday Adams and co with slick plaits – think Bella Hadid at MaxMara – and sleek ponytails. Lips were darkened with deep plum and blackberry shades, and plenty of black pigment was added to eye make-up for a dramatically gothic, yet still on trend, look.

  • Words by Elaine Lloyd-Jones
  • Images: Getty Images, GoRunway.com, Supplied