Giving in to Gothic

If there’s something proved by this shoot, its that you can make anything feel Gothic if only you add the right amount of dark eyeshadow, dark lighting and tangled undergrowth/feathers/surreal cascades of petals. This shoot has all of that. The brilliant thing about Tabitha Simmons’ styling, though, is that the words ‘Chic Gothic Glam‘ didn’t preclude her from using plenty of colour. Whether it’s a dress made from paillettes, a pretty red floating number, or pieces with oriental inspired prints, the ‘Gothic’ part always comes down mostly to hair, makeup, shoes – and setting.

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Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11
Ruby Aldridge and Arizona Muse: Vogue Italia, September '11

While brooding, distant facial expressions are seemingly mandatory to any look that hints at the Gothic, Craig McDean’s shoot says loud and clear that the modern meaning of the word doesn’t have to equate to head-to-toe black and alternative touches. Instead a modern Gothic Glam heroine can have a certain softness about her. Much like today’s heroines, a dynamic pairing of models-du-jour Arizona Muse and Ruby Aldridge do.

For the full shoot, click on the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.