|Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes|
Victorian design, especially the darker, macabre side, never really seems to go away. We just keep reinventing and rediscovering it. The fascination with the cycle of life and death, as well as the fabrics and embellishments that are representative of the Victorian time period made a reappearance in this year's fall fashion shows. Designers seemed to be fascinated with the idea of a delicate darkness. The macabre was lightened by a slight sense of whimsy.
|Marchesa skeletal bodysuit, Harper's Bazaar October 2012|
|Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch, Fall 2012|
Needlepoint, embroidery, feathers, trims, gold -- you name it, they did it. But with a lighter hand. Alexander McQueen (RIP, dear sir...) was the master of the mysterious, and Sarah Burton continued his legacy this season with knuckle clutches. These small purses have a Victorian sensibility with a modern, rocker edge. Other designers went with the elaborate and grand -- but with a defter touch in the design than what has been done in the past. The designs left room to breathe; again, the idea of delicate darkness.
|Ralph Lauren, Fall 2012|
Lace is also a big influence. But we'll talk more about that in a few weeks...
|Salvaltore Ferragamo dress, Fall 2012|
And, as I always say, try vintage pieces to keep up with the trends -- it's usually one of a kind! One of the more delicate Victorian ideas is hair jewelry. Hair jewelry was either made for romantic reasons, mourning, or as "memento mori", wearable reminders that we all will leave this world one day. These pieces are beautiful, and decidedly original. Here's a lovely example, a braided hair ring, from a vintage shop on Etsy, Mag Wildwoods Closet.
|From Mag Wildwoods Closet on Etsy|