Trend Alert: Dark Fantasy

We’ve mentioned 1920s fashion and cyberpunk as two starkly contrasting genres influencing fashion at the moment. But do we also detect a hint of Fantasy in there too?

Serpentine symbols have been getting their fair share of the spotlight in jewellery and accessories lately. Fairytale capes, ice-queen makeup and flowing black have made their appearances on the runway in fantastical form. Add to that the ‘Neverending Story’ shoot that appeared in October’s Dazed and Confused, and you have yourself a trend.


Cape from Westwood, S/S 2008; Cavalli for H&M snake bangle; Gareth Pugh S/S 2008; background image from Dazed and Confused Neverending Story shoot, October 2007.

Rodarte dresses
Icons and influences:

The Elements:

  • Dragons and serpents, a la Roberto Cavalli
  • Gareth Pugh Spring-Summer 2008
  • Hooded capes
  • Deceptive innocence
  • Rodarte Spring-Summer 2008 flowing dresses (pictured right)

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