Nothing says party season chic quite like Fall 2012’s Baroque trend. Think bold rococo prints, heavy embellishment and palettes of black and gold as the basis for this super luxe look. With fashion figureheads such as Anna Dello Russo and Diane Kruger having already been spotted working this seriously glamorous trend, it’s safe to say that Baroque is definitely worth experimenting with. Of course nobody does glamour quite like the Italians, so it goes without saying that Milan offered some of the most exquisite collections when it comes to this trend. Rossella Jardini showed a Moschino collection full of dresses and separates which were adorned with golden embellishment in the form of buttons, oversized sequins and zippers. To complete, each look was then accessorised with gold jewellery, proving more is most definitely more when it comes to Baroque.
Dolce and Gabbana took inspiration from the gilded religious iconography of Sicily, placing floral embroidery on luxurious fabrics such as lace, velvet and sheer chiffons, producing a collection which was both a subtle homage to a rich heritage and a contemporary celebration of Italian fashion.
Balmain embraced the Baroque trend with a distinctly Balmain approach. Sharp-shouldered tailoring complemented skinny pants complete with obligatory embellishment, this time using pearls and crystals for a lavish couture feel.
Marchesa approached the trend with a particularly feminine viewpoint, focussing on the lighter end of the colour palette, with golds and creams receiving powder blue, cerulean and red accents, all adorning delicate gowns and cocktail dresses.
All in all, the Baroque trend is one which is surprisingly easy to get right and, when done either wholeheartedly or through the use of gilded accessories, can guarantee a seriously luxurious ensemble. DETAILS: Miss Selfridge Baroque Peplum Top $68, Balmain Quilted Belt $845, Glamourous Baroque Shorts $38, Jason Wu Lily Brocade Pumps $625.