Fashion File: New Victorian
This season's style harks to an earlier era, be it with reign-worthy ruffles or the elegant melancholy of black lace.
This season’s style harks to an earlier era, be it with reign-worthy ruffles or the elegant melancholy of black lace. It’s Victorian wear made modern with slits and sheer fabrics that would make a 19th-century queen blush.
In the ’80s, New Romanticism took flight. Suddenly London nightclubs were swelling with eccentrically dressed scenesters sporting fanciful 19th century accents. The trend would define Alexander McQueen’s style that still reigns today in looks like this pink-tiered frock ($5,195).
Available at Nordstrom, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949.610.0700 :: nordstrom.com
Fit for a queen
New and Old World fashion fabulously clash in this regal red, black and purple dress ($6,240) by London’s Erdem, which is known for its intricate craftsmanship and coterie of high-profile clients, including Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and – America’s own royal – Michelle Obama.
Available at Erdem :: erdem.com
These cheeky velvet loafers by Jeffrey Campbell ($144.95) are embellished with a jeweled brooch and updated with a cool Lucite wedge heel.
Available at Nordstrom, Fashion Island, Newport Beach :: nordstrom.com
Dark and stormy
This raven-hued Givenchy ensemble ($5,890) is romantic and moody with its sheer front bodice featuring a baroque pattern and au courant ruffle trim. The midi-length skirt with chiffon inserts make the dress especially flattering in motion.
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714.540.3233 :: saksfifthavenue.com
Over-the-knee boots are all the rage this fall. Though the style must have led Queen Victoria to sniff salts, the lace-up look adds a classic element to these Stuart Weitzman ($745) heeled shoes.
Available at Stuart Weitzman at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 714.432.8100 :: stuartweitzman.com
These standout Alexis Bittar clip earrings ($395) feature hand-carved cameos of Edgar Allan Poe-worthy ravens. Equally macabre is the Alexis Bittar “poison” doublet ring ($245), which conceals a coiled serpent underneath a majestic rose-cut crystal.
Available at Alexis Bittar in Venice, 310.452.690 :: alexisbittar.com