Style-conservative Washingtonians are bleeding black: Lace, pearls, hats, and nail polish - all quite noir-ish - has been spotted on Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, White House social secretary Desirée Rogers and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Maybe they drew their inspiration from the Spanish Prime Minister's newly photographed Goth daughters. Because - historically speaking - no one does somber black apparel better than the Spaniards.
But even more surprising than politicos taking style tips from Marilyn Manson is the Goth makeup trend - especially gray and black lipstick, as seen on the Fall 2009 runways for designers such as Rachel Roy, Rodarte and Tuleh.
And both MAC and Chanel have intense, black lipsticks for fall. Chanel's Noir Obscurs collection (launching in November and which also includes shades of rich plum, forest green and midnight blue for eyes, and burgundy for nails and lips) and MAC's Style Black collection (also including dark, glittery blue, green, and purple for eyes and nails) both feature the unusual lipstick shade.
"Black plays into so many current pop culture phenomena, like vampires and a revival of Eighties street style," says MAC Senior Artist Fatima Thomas.
But does black lipstick work in the real world? Thomas says, "For the daring, use a lip brush to paint on MAC Black Knight Lipstick then lightly blot with a tissue. If you're a bit unsure [about black], try the sheer MAC Bling Black Glimmerglass over a nude lipstick like MAC Viva Glam II for a subtle look." Or get the same mysterious feeling with a more wearable dark purple or deep brown lip color.
Smoldering eye makeup is an easier Goth trend to swallow, and Thomas explains, "Smoky eyes are still relevant. Nothing's easier or sexier than MAC Smolder Eye Kohl rimmed around the entire eye -- top and bottom -- then smudged with a small brush like MAC 219. And remember to add loads of mascara. My mascara du jour is Zoom Fast Black Lash."
Not into deep dark shades? We also love the return of classic red lipstick, à la the golden days of Hollywood!