How To Wear: The New Baroque
24th OF September 2012
It's the biggest eveningwear trend of the moment. Now RESCU has your ultimate guide to baroque - and how to do it without looking like Liberace...
The Baroque How-To Guide
Your fashion inspiration for the evening this season? Baroque - ornate, gilded, embroidered, gold-against-black splendour.
The kick-starters were Dolce & Gabbana, the kings of excess, who sent delicious Russian-Hermitage gowns down the runway with ornately threaded bodices and complex, classical beading.
And now the mood has spread - sass & bide's show in London put immaculate tuxedo tailoring alongside dresses that could have come straight out of a French salon, covered in elaborate silver thread.
The mood is excessive, the palette dark - so how to get it into your wardrobe?
The key here is to pick a piece and work with it, without being afraid of excessive embellishment.
Pick a stand-out piece in brocade or gold-and-silver embroidery, and work it back to something more muted.
The dress is the major piece - Dolce & Gabbana showed theirs stripped of all accessories save for black boots, an insanely jewelled evening bag and some statement drop earrings.
If you're more casual in feel, work the contrasts - pair some elaborate velvet-and-gold shorts with a T-shirt, or a baroque skirt with a crisp white shirt and a strong lip.
Brocade is best with a bit of structure - buy tailored pieces, like jackets or trousers, rather than looser fits, which will swamp.
If you're really feeling the mood, go all-out, with several baroque pieces at once and a heavy-duty collar covered in jewels. But be prepared to be treated with awe - and make sure it's light enough to sustain Aussie heat.
Image: Baroque on the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk.
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