Studs & Glamour: The Grown-Up Goth

There’s a part of me, a part I sometimes bury quite deep, that has a certain fondness for the things I loved as a teenager. Obviously I will not be shredding my clothes to pin them back together again with a packet of safety pins from Fenwick’s, but I still adore seeing the good quality pieces of heavy metal, industrial style shoes and jewellery and love the idea of The Grown-Up Goth.

I’m seeing so many beautiful gothic twists on the priciest of designer clobber, not least thanks to high-end premium designers like Thomas Wylde and Alexander McQueen and of course The Dame, Vivienne Westwood herself, a lady who couldn’t do ‘boring’ if she tried. There are also some surprises from the classic fashion houses too, a little cute skull keying here, a black lace corset there. All in extreme moderation of course, definitely not to be worn all at once, but nonetheless very pleasing for recovering gloom-aholics like myself.

Don’t get me wrong, you couldn’t pay me to don any of the 20p rubber barbed-wire shite I used to happily and proudly(!) wear up and down my arms aged 16, but I still am, and think I probably always will be, drawn to the beautiful black and gunmetal, hideously expensive and dangerously impractical studded Louboutins…


Agent Provocateur Janey under wired lace corset – £395
L.A.M.B satin cross-body dress – £385
Agent Provocateur classic satin corset – £185
Ileana Makri silver and diamond spike bracelet – £2,390
Vivienne Westwood New skull ring silver £265
Skull candle from Various; Acrimony, Urban Outfitters etc – £40-£50
Rick Owens Nubruck leather and jersey dress – £515
Made Her Think silver mini thorn cuff – $72
Vivienne Westwood Too Fast To Live ring – £160
Alexander McQueen enamelled skull bangle – £165


Christian Louboutin Asteroid 140 suede and patent-leather pumps – £945
Zoe Karssen Paris Can Wait tee – £55
Alexander McQueen printed siamese skulls cotton tee – £155
Vivienne Westwood black dress – £2,425
Vivienne Westwood mini bas relief drop orb earrings – £70
Valentino studded leather waist belt – £280
Vivienne Westwood orb iPad case – £150
Vivienne Westwood diamanté skull stud earrings – £55


Christian Louboutin Marquise spike-embellished leather clutch – £795
Alexander McQueen De Manta lace-print satin clutch £315
Michael Michael Kors Benbrooke studded leather shoulder bag – £195
Alexander McQueen Britannia skull-embroidered box clutch – £1,395
Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity shopping canvas tote – £845


Kelsi Dagger Shaina leather boots – £135
Prada skull keychain – €120
Anita Ko spike 14 karat white gold stud earrings – £240
Sam Edelman Lorissa heels – £180

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