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more melan­choly shows, you’d think a clutch of de­sign­ers got to­gether and watched Beetle­juice for in­spi­ra­tion. Si­mone Rocha, known for her sweetly fem­i­nine cre­ations, draped crinkly black tulle over the prim, bow- adorned suits that evoked He­lena Bon­ham Carter lev­els of drama. Coach quite lit­er­ally came over to the dark side. The brand cre­ated a spooky for­est for its band of goth cow­girls, fill­ing a Lower Man­hat­tan bas­ket­ball court with trees and vin­tage TVs that played hor­ror-film static. Mod­els sported swishy fringe, leather patch­work jack­ets and plenty of black lace. Then there’s Di­lara Findikoglu, a Turk­ish-born, Lon­don-based de­signer gar­ner­ing buzz for her the­atri­cal takes on all things Vic­to­rian and the oc­cult. (Her fan base is sur­pris­ingly di­verse, from singer Grimes to Nord­strom VP of cre­ative projects Olivia Kim.) It’s not just the run­ways that are cater­ing to Mor­ti­cia Ad­dams types. The Vam­pire’s Wife, a la­bel­founded by It Brit model Susie Cave, makes retro- glam ruf­fled dresses fit for both wan­der­ing around a can­dlelit cas­tle some­where in East­ern Europe and hit­ting up a wine bar on a Fri­day night.

Fashion’s in­fat­u­a­tion with goth is noth­ing new— just look at Vivi­enne West­wood’s sub­ver­sive suit­ing, Alexan­der McQueen’s macabre fa­nati­cism or even the “health goth” trend that arose in 2013. (Think Kylie Jen­ner meets ath­leisure meets The Craft.) But what’s al­lur­ing about this lat­est take is that it’s not about an eas­ily rec­og­niz­able look (like a fu­ne­real wardrobe and a sun-starved com­plex­ion) but rather an at­ti­tude— brood­ing, ro­man­tic and not afraid to stand out. Ly­dia Deetz would def­i­nitely ap­prove.

Silk-blend dress, The Vam­pire’s Wife ($3,675, at MATCH­ES­FASH­ION.com)

The Ad­dams Fam­ily Beetle­juice The Craft

Gun­metal-tone-brass and faux-pearl ear­rings, Marc Ja­cobs ($115, at ssense.com)

Leather wrist­let, Okhtein ($593, okhtein.com)

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