Reel Style: Ominous, Old-Fashioned Looks in Time for “The Raven”

From flowy black capes to Victorian-style ballgowns, The Raven's spooky-chic look was all over the fall 2012 runways.

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Out Friday, James McTeigue's thriller, "The Raven," imagines a series of grizzly murders based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe (played by John Cusack). In the film, Poe teams up with young Detective Fields (Luke Evans) to solve the mystery and prevent the apple of his eye, Miss Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), from being harmed herself.
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Emily Hamilton's elaborate ballgowns and Poe's silky cravates perfectly suited the pre-Victorian setting.
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A classic off-the-shoulder gown in rosy pink enhances Hamilton's ladylike air.
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The Raven's moody atmosphere and old-fashioned style was definitely noticeable on the fall 2012 runways, where heavy velvets, Victorian lace details and even a handful of ominous-looking capes made appearances.
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At Prada, proper men's suits with high-neck collars and silk cravates had a Victorian feel, particularly with the addition of button-down vests and military-style medallions.
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No 19th-century crime story would be complete without a good cape, and L'Wren Scott's floor-length silk number lent a dramatic, ominous look to a shimmery gold gown.
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Likewise, Dolce & Gabbana paired a classic black cape with an old-fashioned ruffle collar and dainty booties.
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No villain should be without Elie Saab's simple black cape dress, which features a waist-cinching belt.
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Even the ladies can get in on Poe's proper and ultra-tailored suiting look with one of Ralph Lauren's old-fashioned tuxedos (complete with top-hat and cane).
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Hamilton's taste for feminine, off-the-shoulder gowns was echoed on the Oscar de la Renta catwalk, where this regal blue confection with poufy shoulder sleeves made its debut.
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On the more frightening end of the "Raven" style spectrum, Gucci's high-neck black dress with a semi-sheer skirt had a Victorian look; the white face powder and dark jewels, however, lent the ensemble a ghostly mood.
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Though a tad racy for Poe's day, Etro's velvet brocade gown with sheer cut-outs has a dark, horror-flick vibe.
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More literally, the long black feathers in John Galliano's dramatic cap definitely call to mind Poe's infamous raven.
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At Valentino, a conservative bow-collar dress with long sleeves is enlivened with floral beading and sheer details.
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Finished with gloves and big hats, Marc Jacobs' old-timey creations for Louis Vuitton wouldn't have been out of place in Poe's day.
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