Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warning to Goths:you're Fashionable

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warning to Goths:you're Fashionable

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Byline: LAURA CRAIK

WE were eating chips in the car park when we saw one. In Southend, of all places. But that's the thing with Goths: they spring up in the most surprising locations. There was probably a Goth on your Tube this morning.

There will be a Goth in your office, for sure. Black-haired, glum, furtive and twitchy, they look as though they're expecting to be punched in the face at any minute. That's why I love them. I suffer from the same perpetual sense of doom myself. Goths are darkly humorous and humorously dark. They're sensitive, gentle, affectionate and have far superior taste in music to your average, sorry youth cult. Goths don't give a fig about Kylie and Posh Spice, or Kate Winslet's marriage or the latest blend of latte at Starbucks. They won't be preached to, or converted. They are the last bastion of integrity in Britain.

Goths dress the way they do because they're outsiders, and they want you to know it and leave them alone. They have no desire to wear boot-cut, low-rise jeans. Goths are beyond fashion: they're just Goths. So it is ironic to the nth degree that the aesthetic held so dear by them has been seized upon by designers this season and force-fed to the fashionable. Expect to see an inexplicable number of women wearing pointy boots with buckles, cobweb-knit jumpers, lace blouses and crucifixes this autumn. They won't be Goths, though: they'll drink champagne rather than black velvet, and listen to Macy Gray rather than The Mission.

I used to be a sort of Goth. I wasn't allowed to dye my hair purple because I was 15 and went to a strict school, but I used to spray it purple at weekends, wear a blue line around my lips and dress in home-made outfits of lace and leather. My boyfriend, who was 16 and had just been expelled for smoking, called me a "Saturday Goth" because of the part-time nature of my look. …

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