The Dolce & Gabbana 2012 Fall Ready-to-wear collection sets the stage for the Baroque revival.
Ready to go back to school? Sorry to break it to you but the long days of summer are now over and for many of us that means hitting the books. But don’t fret! If there’s one class you will want to pay attention to this year, it will be history. Now I understand that history can be boring, but if you just try to look at history through a fashion lens it might make learning about years gone by a lot easier. Especially if you’re learning about the 16th-18th centuries where the Baroque style was in its heyday. Baroque is now one of the hottest trends this year, and thanks to the 90s revival trend it has made a comeback.
Baroque is known for its ornate and luxe aesthetic. It is the antithesis to grunge. So when the grunge revival hit, it wasn’t long before baroque came back with it. Grunge is street, while baroque is royal palace. Fashion loves dichotomies. So while the world is still working its way out of a recession, designers will come up with the most extravagant and elaborate designs. This trend can be seen in gilded prints, ornate beading and appliqués, florid embroidery, and regal or religious graphics (remember– the baroque period was largely ruled by the Roman Catholic Church).
Dolce & Gabbana’s 2013 collection ups the ante with the luxe.
Grimes and 2 Chainz showed up at this year’s MTV VMAS in the same baroque Versace pants.
Selena Gomez wore D&G at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
Katy Perry was on trend but not on theme at this year’s punk Met Gala.
Beyoncé spotted in NYC in this Ronny Kobo dress.
Elizabeth Olsen wore an embellished gold Balmain jacket to a premiere.
Rihanna’s toque/beanie is adorned with a regal brooch.
A throwback to the 90s. Supermodels don the iconic Versace baroque print in these ads.
And if you thought this trend was strictly for the ladies, let me tell you how wrong you are.