Goth and Glamorous, the Modern Warrior Is Our Trend of the Moment

With Mayan D-Day fast approaching and sinister subway plots wreaking havoc on our REM sleep, it can be hard for a girl to see where fashion fits into it all. But thanks to designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Rodarte, we have an idea what we might be wearing even if we don't know where we're headed—or what dangers we might find when we get there. Though we've seen glimpses of a post-apocalyptic princess in seasons' past, this latest batch of deliveries proved a glamorous goddess warrior is among us. Dark, dramatic, rebellious…this is a woman who is ready to rumble. But unlike the tough girls of the past, this new modern goddess has extreme glamour on her mind. Balmain, Balenciaga, and Lanvin all addressed this, mixing deconstructed T-shirts with hardcore military jackets or primitive fabric wrapping and knotting partnered with opulent statement-making jewels. As with Demeulemeester, who gave the idea of wild caged birds a romantic otherworldly attitude, there was no doubt that this powerful new female archetype is setting a trend for themes of bad-ass women to come.
Above, from left: Spring '10 looks from Balmain; Ann Demeulemeester; Haider Ackermann; Rodarte.
Above, from left: Ideen Black Knit Vest Dress, $488, available at Oak; Givenchy Leather Crocodile-Print Sandals, $1,150, available at Net-A-Porter.
Above, from left: Raquel Allegra Basic White Shirt, $238, available at Assembly New York; Ecote Color Block Shredded Scarf, $28, available at Urban Outfitters.
Above, from left: Spring '10 looks from Rodarte; Haider Ackermann; Balmain; Ann Demeulemeester.
Above, from left: Velvet Angels Black Zinc Booties, $358, available at Oak; Kaylee Tankus Pieced Knit Top, $148, available at Oak.
Above, from left: Bliss Lau Diamond Dress Body Chain, from $515, available at Bliss Lau; Giuseppe Zanotti Swarovski-embellished Sandals, $1,150, available at Net-A-Porter.

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