Wear Me: Alice in Wonderland and spring fashion trends
Alice in Wonderland might seem an unlikely wardrobe inspiration – but it's a perfect match to spring's most curious trends, says Harriet Walker
Monday 01 March 2010
Tim Burton has strong links with the fashion pack. It wasn't so long ago that we went all neo-goth, not only in homage to the dark mastery of Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci but also in emulation one of the great 20th-century style icons: Edward Scissorhands, the droopiest, yet fiercest, goth of them all.
Anyone who succumbed to the leather leggings and drape jacket trend can't have failed to acknowledge Burton's influence on their look.
He's done it again with Alice in Wonderland, on release from 5 March. And fortunately, there are plenty of charming, kooky pieces around to suit a ward-robe inspired by his gothic version of Lewis Carroll's tale of the surreal.
The spring trends gel perfectly with the sinister dreamscape that Burton has created. The look is girlish without being saccharine, and pretty but not schmaltzy.
Take your cue from two of London's hottest young designers right now. For spring, Christopher Kane showed delicate pink and blue gingham-check dresses, made from chiffon and covered in intricate sequins and appliqué patterns. So far, so sweet, you might think, but bear in mind that the collection was inspired by a Texan cult.
Louise Goldin also showed ice-cream parlour shades of lilac, yellow and powder blue, but her complex body-con dresses and directional knitwear were pure sci-fi. Look out for her studded courts in Topshop.
Beware of taking the Alice trend too far. A mad hat is fun for about half-an-hour, for example. Similarly, a pocket watch is just the wrong side of steampunk to be chic. But headbands are very on-trend, and bunny ears never go out of fashion (Louis Vuitton did them, after all). Just don't team them with hotpants and a tail; half of Alice's appeal is her idiosyncratic late-Victorian stuffiness.
Life & Style blogs
How Stephen Hawking is still alive, defying ALS and the worst expectations
The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
More than two thirds of smokers are killed by diseases caused by tobacco use, says study
The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 1 Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...