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Not surprisingly, Witch, Vampire, and Zombie fashion is taking the world by storm. Runways all over the world are featuring the current trends in both haute couture and ready-to-wear. Meanwhile, fans are eating it up in an effort to dress like their favorite supernatural characters.

Witch Fashion

Luella by Luella Bartley is a major player in bringing witch fashion to life. Both her Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 collections have had witchy elements to them, whether it’s her Goth-inspired black and gold dresses with spooky boots and heels, or her witchy coat accompanied by orange leggings and a witch hat.

Fashion editor and stylist Joe McKenna and photographer David Sims teamed up for a witchy fashion shoot in V Magazine, starring model Raquel Zimmermann. In the same issue, the magazine had a shoot entitled “Spellbound,” featuring various models done up in witchy, gothic styles in a horror movie themed spread.

Olivier Theyskens and Nicolas Ghesquière are two more designers bringing witches to the forefront of the fashion runway. Both designers have recently dabbled in gothic garb, strappy Victorian shoes and boots, and style their models to look like seductive sorceresses who seem to be missing a broom. There are no ugly warts or crooked noses in these runway shows, just tons of magical fashion.

Vampire Fashion

Much like with witch fashion, those who are trying to design vampire chic rely on a lot of Victorian and gothic inspired clothing items, loosing the cauldron and adding fangs. However, Vampires tend to look more seductive and sultry on the runways than those designers who are trying to portray a witchy look.

Recent spreads in W Magazine as well as Italian Vogue have both explored the vampire theme. With pale, even bloodied models showing off their edgy fashion in deep shadows, they perfectly embody the idea of the vampire as fashionable, sexy, mysterious, and best of all, dangerous.

Designers such as Rodarte, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Christian Lacroix have all included vampy elements to their recent shows. Rodarte mixed red silk and chiffon to create a delicious vampire inspired gown, while Gaultier showed shades of black and white in his dresses, with one in particular dripping with webby lace, accessorized with black leather gloves. Lacroix introduced dresses with bold Victorian prints, accessorized with puffy sleeved jackets and gothic cross necklaces.

Zombie Fashion

It may seem hard to believe, but there is room on the runway for fashion inspired by the undead. In fact, zombie couture has been popping up at fashion weeks all over the world.

Hints of the trend began to emerge at Mexico City Fashion Week this year, in the town famed for its Day of the Dead celebration. Pablo Ramirez presented zombie style glasses and black dresses at Buenos Aires Fashion Week. At Berlin Fashion Week, Kai Kühne had his models wear zombie contact lenses to better frame his black and white line. Toronto’s Alternative Fashion Week also had its share of zombie dresses, some of which were accessorized with fake blood.

Zombie accessories are also starting to pop up in the ready-to-wear market as well. The Zombie Stomper Heels by Iron Fist sold out the first day they were put up for sale on indie fashion site Sites such as Kaboodle and Etsy are catering to indie fashionistas with tons of zombie accessories you can’t find anywhere else.
 / Issue 107 - September 2018
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