Susie Cave has spent her life surrounded by fashion and music, and the inspirations are clear to see in her fashion label, The Vampire’s Wife. A nod to her husband, Australian musician and writer Nick Cave, the name apparently came from one of his aborted book projects. Susie, a former model, has decades of fashion industry experience, and she’s filtered it all into her label, which is heavy on pretty prairie dresses infused with a dose of gothic glam. Like Nick, Susie is tall and willowy with jet-black hair, and she shares his flair for the dramatic, but overall, her style is a lot more bohemian and soft. She fuses the two worlds perfectly, creating evening dresses in baroque red velvet, prim high-necked maxi dresses in dark lamé or vintage-inspired liberty prints, and midi skirts in stiff starched silks. Since the label launched in 2015, her creations have been worn by fashion-forward stars like Oscar nominee Ruth Negga, Cate Blanchett, and Dakota Johnson. There are surprises, too: the jewel-hued Night Garden dress is more ’50s bombshell than princess of darkness and has become a favourite with retro-loving celebs like Daisy Lowe, Kylie Minogue, and Charlotte “Olympia” Dellal (she seems to have it in every colour). Sound intriguing? Take a look at some of those red carpet looks and shop the collection now.
Cate wears the Pink Medici Bell Skirt.
Ruth wears a shortened version of the Pink Lamé Cate Dress (£1,225).
Daisy wears the Red Velvet Night Garden dress.
Susie and Nick sent Kylie the Pink Medici Night Garden Dress (£995)
Laura wears the Red Check Visiting Skirt (£340)
Florence wears the Bronze Fil Coupé Streetsweeper.
Charlotte wears the Red Velvet Night Garden dress.
Daisy adds a grungy feel to the Red Check Visiting Skirt (£340)
Dakota wore the Black Liberty Dress (£625) for an appearance on The Today Show.