Friday, September 21, 2012

drama is back to fashion..

 The ornamented drama of the Baroque and Rococo periods returns in new ways for fall 2012, rebelling against the minimal and the financially conscious to show that obvious displays of luxury are still on the cards. From gilded filigree + embroidery + appliques +  heavy brocades, going for Baroque is one way to stand out come fall.

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 There was a subplot to the fall 2012 fashion season that set out to prove that luxury and opulence are alive and kicking, and it took the form of a revival of the heavily ornate. From embroidery to brocade, garments mirrored the lavishness of artworks, architecture and plush interior decorations – some with more baroque trills and turns than a Bach cantata.
As with any revival this one isn’t a straight-out repeat of a particular era. Some collections draw comparisons to the early Baroque era, some later or French Rococo. Contrarily, the Renaissance even popped up as an inspiration. The point is it’s useless trying to pigeonhole the entire revival into one: its really a swirl of influences that collectively make up a broader, new, aesthetic. So while we can refer to fall 2012′s trend as being neo-Baroque or neo-Rococo, not every garment or collection will fit a particular term.


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Baroque revival: the elements

  • Embroidery, needlepoint and tapestry.
  • Rich fabrics like velvet, leather and silk brocades.
  • Gold, gold and more gold. Gold hardware, gold embellishments, gold thread.
  • Ornate patterns that preference symmetry over asymmetric and curves over hard lines.
  • References to artworks, sculpture, interior design (don’t be surprised if some garments make you think of grandiose staircases or antique wallpaper).

How to wear ornate clothing in 2012

There was enough baroque inspired embellishment on the fall runways that you can expect to see it in stores and on the street – but not so much that you can expect a mainstream glut of it at the turn of every corner. As such there’s an opportunity to stand out if you wear it well. We’ve broken it down into two main looks: regal and rockstar.


Dramatic. Exuberant. Excessive.
The way to make this work is not to do anything by halves. Don’t pair an embroidered velvet cape with a pair of ballet flats: go for the heels, or the luxe leather boots. Layer on the jewels (costume or otherwise). Top it off with a bold red lip. It’s all about conviction, and a look that screams lavishness against all odds.
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Going all out with gold embroidery at Dolce & Gabbana, F/W ’12


Rock’n'roll has always had the connotation of fast living and excess, so designs that lend themselves to the excessive have an inherent rockstar quality. Hence in fall 2012 one of the key ways to wear ornate garments is with a glam-rock or bohemian-rock edge. Imagine you could plunder the wardrobes of David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix and go from there.
For a glam-rock look try a metallic brocade jacket with skinny leather pants or jeans. For a bohemian-rock look pick up pieces in plush velvet and embroidered leather. You can mix these with minimal pieces to keep it modern.
balmain baroque trousers
Balmain F/W ’12 makes baroquely ornate trousers feel effortless with the addition of a slouchy knit

Baroque accessorising

If you don’t want to go all-out on an ornate look that channels the Baroque era (or even if you do) there’s also the matter of accessories. Ornately wrought filigree jewellery, tapestry handbags, jeweled headbands, embroidered suede boots, beaded removable collars or printed silk scarves are just some methods for upping the visually-ornamented factor of your accessories.

 Baroque styles are the pet favorites of designers and Fall 2012 welcomes you with a wide variety to choose from. The podiums at the recently concluded fashion week were chock-a-block with the latest baroque designs. Baroque's are an excellent choice for special occasions. The style essentially features intricate and heavy ornamental work on a variety of fabric. One can choose from satin and silk or go for the sheer designs if you are the bold and adventurous kind. The garment can vary from LBD to evening gowns or even a three piece suit. The choice is yours. We suggest minimal use of accessories with this style.


  • Jessica Chastain's Alexander McQueen dress at the Oscars.

  1. Jessica Chastain's Alexander McQueen dress at the Academy Awards was an indicator. 
  2. Elizabeth banks wore the same designer at a premiere, and
  3.  Joan Small wore a stunning baroque embroidered Balmain top to the Style Awards.
  • Lady Gaga arriving in Romania
  • Kate Moss at the Fashion for Relief party in London

  • Miranda Kerr on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Marie Claire Australia magazine
  • Selena Gomez at the 69th Annual Venice Film Festival.
  • Zoe Saldana also in D&Gon the September 2012 cover of Harper’s Bazaar

 I know its not a perfect Baroque style clothing but i had this kurta in my wardrobe with copper and golden bead work and applique and golden and copper barocade at bottom. I found it quiet similar to the Baroque fashion .

I know my Photoshop is bad but i just tried doing a quick collage of all those accessories i have which i can relate to Baroque .
  1. A copper and gold brooch I have.
  2. A velour ballet shoes with gold.
  3. Black and copper bangles.
  4. Black pumps with copper brooch on it from woodland.
  5. Gold belt of mine
  6. Chunky bangles 
  7. Golden pearl long chain  from forever new
  8. Pearl  and gold bracelet 


All things fashionable said...

Its not an all out baroque look but I like your slight touch of baroque. Good one.

Miss Ghouri said...

Lovely gowns, it looks superb on brides.keep it up (Y)

Miss Ghouri said...

You did great job, Please have a look at my fashion magazine.

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