Romantic style has a dark side that strips away cutesy elements and takes advantage of its more distinctive features, including lace details, ruching, feathers and bright velvets. Want proof? Fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2019-20 explore the world of dark romance, paving the way for dramatic and visually striking black and red looks.
Complete with shoulder straps and gathering at the waist, Marco De Vincenzo’s dress brightens up evenings with its lurex-effect fabric. The key to its romantic allure is the feathery neckline, while playful cross-references are provided by Andrea Mondin ankle boots.
The rock-inspired look combines cropped trousers by Comme des Garçons and studded lace-ups by Alexander McQueen. A truly original sweatshirt by Acne Studios, complete with wavy graphic design work and fluorescent green edging, provides a magical romantic touch. Black takes over and neon detailing further emphasises its striking impact.
With dark romance in the air, Autumn/Winter 2019-20 has the perfect response: the mini-dress. The black velvet design by Rotate boasts loose-fitting sleeves and decorative buttons. The studded shoes are by Alexander McQueen and the pom pom-effect bag is by Rosantica.
Darkest romance meets 90s style. His look is centred around the decade’s most iconic garment: the tartan jacket (by Palm Angels). For her, a red bustier-style top by Brock Collection is teamed with leather trousers by Ganni.
Even preppy styles have their dark side. Details including a Peter Pan collar and ruching at the hem give the red velvet dress by Batsheva its romantic feel. The knit-fabric ankle boots are by Alevì.
The couple look doubles up on dark, for a result that’s even blacker than the dead of night. His outfit is comprised of a pea coat by Comme des Garçons and a shirt by Karl Lagerfeld. At the heart of hers is a dress by Batsheva, with a spherical jewelled bag by Rosantica providing a touch of light.
Three looks that move to the black-and-red beat on a romantic evening. The man’s outfit experiments with two basic elements: a shirt by Comme des Garçons with an overlaying mesh T-shirt and trousers by Paul Smith. The women’s outfits juggle ultra-feminine style with underground inspiration. With its all-over draped effect, plunging neckline and ruching, the black dress by Brock Collection is super-seductive worn with Andrea Mondin shoes. The blouse with a heart-shaped cut-out and puffed sleeves and a crocodile-print leather skirt – both by MSGM – come together for a look that won’t go unnoticed.