There has been a serious rennaissance in gothic influence on couture designers at catwalk shows across the world recently, with some outstandingly dark collections from Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, Gaultier, Paul Smith and of course Vivienne Westwood.
Probably the ones which made the most impact on me was the Yamamoto womenswear collection, with phenomenal tailored styles which any corporate goth could hold their head up high in, and the gents collection from Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label – fantastic pin-stripes, 3 piece suits and sharp lines without a polo shirt in sight thank heavens!
However, what we wondered was who is influencing who? There has been an explosion in the US goth clothing market recently, with designers such as Kambriel and Taeden Hall of Gloomth producing primarily gothic clothing which seems to sit above the catwalk and drip down their sanguine influence on those below.
And the best thing is that these cult designers are producing their own clothing in their own countries, often running the sewing machines themselves. These guys are making fantastic clothing without the fantasy pricetags – check out our favourite Gothic Designers.