New Goth? you might ask. Whatever happened to the old variety - the ones who only wore black, spiked their hair and whose body temperature never rose above zero? Well, of course, the old variety still exists. You sometimes see them lurking like bats around suburban shopping centres. However, the New Goth is a different creature altogether. For a start, she wears designer labels and is familiar with both Theyskens and Nicolas Ghesquiere - the young French designer who is revamping the revered Balenciaga label with a touch of the dark and monastic. There is something about the brooding aesthetic of Belgian designers Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela and Veronique Branquinho that fits with the Goth style. Branquinho, in particular, looks to strict Victorian tailoring - yet she is seen as being on fashion's cutting edge.
In this season of goodwill, you might think Goth style is morbid and depressing. But while the old Goth was dark and miserable, her modern sister is still dark, but she is the life and soul of the party, too. The only angst she knows is deciding whether to wear her hair straight or curly. Tamsin Blanchard Left wrinkled skirt, pounds 229, by Martin Margiela, from Liberty, 210-220 Regent Street, London W1, enquiries, 0171-734 1234
Right grey with red-pinstripe wool suit, jacket pounds 490, skirt pounds 315, by Alexander McQueen, from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1, enquiries, 0171-235 5000, and Browns, as before
Hair Jennie Roberts at Public for Aveda
Make up Liz Martins at Public for Ruby and Millie
With thanks to L'Ecole D'Architecture de Paris