Goth is Goth...Does it change? Of course it does. The 2012 edition of Leipzig's Wave Gotik Treffen music festival was the big display of Gothic style that everyone anticipated it would be.
For the most recent edition this past March, I definitely noticed new trends. Techno punk looks were popular last year, but this year, this look was more polished and showed up more in coordinated ensembles in groups.
Steampunk fashion always had an elegant atmosphere about it. This year, the examples of Steampunk looks were incredibly ornate. Highly accessorized with intricate jewelry or impeccably tailored clothing, the fans this year took this style to a higher artform.
Global inspiration styled some of the best outfits. I saw looks drawn from Russian aristocracy to Japanese Geisha, but all given a darker, edgy update.
Romanticism in fashion was in full bloom here. Marie Antoinette inspiration, gigantic hooped skirts, couples showing up in coordinated outfits wanted to make you saw "awwww" (if you weren't afraid of having your butt kicked). Progressively, I saw a lot more families this year, with babies, young children also in garb to match Mommy and Daddy. I wonder how many of these parents met a Wave Gothic of years past?
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