Where dark meets light

You could try and prise apart Gothicism and Romance, but the reality is the two will always be closely intertwined. While some elements of fashion have entered eternally into being a vision of the Gothic – chunky crucifixes, black lace, veils, hard-edged accessories – it’s a theme that doesn’t have to be styled with hardness. White lace, flower garlands, innocent eyes framed by long straight hair: it’s an alternate vision that works equally well.

In Sanctuary Angela Sterchele styles looks that run willingly, arms wide open, towards that hybrid of dark and light. Model Catherine has the ideal look for Kirra Jayde’s romantically photographed concept, which was shot on location at Luther College Chapel.

soft gothic styling

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde
Sanctuary by Kirra Jayde

View the full shoot by Kirra Jayde at the gallery 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.