This season's shadow-dwelling creature is not the pierced and pale goth from yesteryear's street style vernacular. Forget all associations with Marilyn Manson and Siouxsie Sioux and think instead of Winona Ryder in Dracula, all Christian emblems and shrouds of chiffon and sex appeal.
Versace, Givenchy and Wang all took a stroll through the windswept moors for the AW12 girl. Layer black on black, wear leather with lace, and don't be afraid of a few spikes or studs.
A cape is the ultimate topper for the new gothic fantasist - throw it on over cobwebby layers and disappear into the night.
Versace knee boot with cross in yellow jewels, £989, for stockists call 0207 259 5700
Banana Republic leather top, £110, for stockists call 0207 758 3550
Eddie Borgo earrings, £110, at Harrods, for stockists call 0207 893 8984
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet 'Baylee' lace dress, £560, at Harvey Nichols, for stockists call 0207 235 5000
Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung heels, £810, for stockists call 0207 290 1404