Dark atmospheres # clothes #shiny skin # the opulence of the Baroque #
With ornate details and gilded edges, the drama of the baroque period has been fancifully captured this season.
The origins of Baroque lie in the first half of the 1600s: opulent prints and patterns were seen in everything from furnishings to gilded accessories. The inherent luxuriousness of it was all about the detail. The trend bears repeating (as most trends are wont to do)
There’s so luxurious and dramatic about the black-and-gold combination that we can’t imagine the two of them separate! Baroque makes a grand entrance in fashion this Fall i clothing and accessories, and the trend mixes dark with shiny golds in rich patterns and luxe flocked materials or lace exteriors.
There are clothes made to be worn. it is ‘love at first sight’. You understand it quickly, immediately as you can imagine those dresses on you, stitched as onto a rag doll. They are as you have always imagined, maybe better. Then there are clothes made to be seen between the pages of a magazine, on the catwalks and during important ceremonies. Those clothes are the ones that you think you would wear at least once, maybe in Paris or in London and why not, in Venice. This is what I felt when I saw the last runways covered with “baroque”. I’ve always been fascinated with the Baroque. In architecture.In Art. For the opulence, the gold, the rich details and the ornaments … because not always the “less is more mantra” is the best way… because sometimes performing and displaying have their own charm and power. Sumptuous fabrics like velvets and brocades. Tapestries and lace. Gold filigrees and many details. Flowers, many flowers embroidered as a upholstery. That in Italy you can find them in the old houses. Sometimes on the tables. Sometimes as curtains. Sometimes on the grandmother’s pillows.
Go For Baroque.****
Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino were only some of the big boys that pulled out all the stops with needlepoint and pearls.
I’ve selected the most beautiful baroque looks from the Fall/Winter 2012 catwalks.
Baroque fashion rend: Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana were the first to use prints rococo ornaments and sumptuous. Balmain presents a renewed version of the look, with top lavoratissimo, masculine shirt and pants rockstar shabby.
Baroque fashion trend: Proenza Schouler
Metallic gold complements warm orange in this Asian-inspired baroque look from designers Jack McCullogh and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.
Baroque fashion rend: Chanel
Karl Lagerfeld gives us a futuristic twist on baroque-inspired fashion with this Chanel jacket.
Baroque fashion trend: Marni
A regal pantsuit struts down the runway at Marni’s show.
Baroque fashion trend: Aquilano.Rimondi
Aquilano.Rimondi took cues from tapestry and luxe fabrics for this ladylike dress.
Baroque fashion trend: Jason Wu
At Jason Wu, a daring slit adds a sultry twist to the classic baroque look.
Baroque fashion trend: Lanvin
Indulge in decadence with this jewel-encrusted Lanvin dress.
Baroque fashion trend: Balmain
The baroque fashion trend is all about the details. Who could resist a beautifully ornate Balmain dress?
Balmain’s black and brocade embellishment over the past few fall seasons has got me ogling for opulent fashion. The rich foil colors are a throw back to the thread-like fabric from the 15th century. Golds, silvers, and purples add a touch of sophistication and class to this more refined fabric. From double-breasted jackets as seen on Halle Berry to cardigans and fitted dresses, this baroque embellishment is appearing in a variety of forms. Share how you’ll mix this trend into your fall wardrobe.
Baroque fashion trend: Alexander McQueen
Nobody does over-the-top like McQueen. This season, Sarah Burton’s galactic baroque looks were otherworldly.
Baroque fashion trend: Versace
Donatella Versace’s take on baroque mixes black velvet, sexy fishnets and religious iconography. Bonus points for the edgy Rooney Mara haircut.
Baroque fashion trend: Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli decided to mix rocker with the baroque trend. The result? Cool and modern vibe.
Baroque fashion trend: Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta kept a ’60s ladylike vibe, an excellent twist for the baroque trend.
Baroque fashion trend: Gucci
Gucci’s dramatic baroque theme had a punch of gothic in it. The looks were complete with merlot lipstick.