Fall 2012 Baroque Trend:

One of the strongest trends for Fall 2012 is BaroqueDolce & GabbanaAquilano e RimondiLanvin and Etro’s Fall 2012 collection are covered with ornate jewels, swirling motifs, and excessive embellishments. When styled well this trend can be truly exquisite. The key to pulling it off is to SIMPLIFY, remember less is more!

An example: If one wears an on trend Baroque blouse then one should wear solid trousers, a solid skirt or vice-versa, a solid blouse and on trend baroque trousers or skirt.

Also, when styling and accessorizing with this trend ones hair, makeup, and accessories should be understated. A simple low ponytail with minimal natural looking makeup and a glossed lip, Done! Remember, you want to wear the trend, not the trend wearing you.

A quote to remember from the Mother of Style:

“Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” - Coco Chanel

If It's Not Baroque, Please Fix It

I’ve been digging the Boroque movement for some time now. The fire was lit when Olivier Rousteing’s (Balmain) fall collection hit the runway and I belted out a fabulous opera rendition of Backstreet Boys’ “You are…my fire, my one…desire.” I actually sounded better than Bocelli. No I didn’t, but I sometimes wish I did. The collection was a rock n roll remix of the Boroque trend. With boxy silhouettes and black leather accents paired with ornate beading and faberge patterns, I couldn’t get enough. 

Now, more than ever the craving to boroque-ify has struck and I think it has something to do with the holiday spirit. 5th Avenue is practically shouting at you “Get festive, OR ELSE.”  Still not on board the Boroque train? Here’s some magtastic inspo for ya:

Ornate detailing, brocade, lace, velvet, black and gold, it’s like the holiday season came to life…ON THEIR BODEHS.

Now how can I edgify the baroque look, you may ask. To that I say, it’s all about juxtaposition. Don’t take it too literally. Choose one element that speaks to you - lace, velvet, gold, brocade - and mix it with something unexpected like chambray, white jeans, colored leather, a baseball cozy cap, wedge kicks and/or a gingham bow tie. Play with it till you start doing the mirror dance and BAM, you’re baroque-ified. 


Matchmaker Matchmaker Make Me a Match

Matchy-Matchy a style which WWD dubbed the choice of “Ladies who Lunch” has been bumped-up from it’s dusty corner in the “what not to wear” pile and now it’s basking in  the limelight for Fall 2012. Once relegated to a fashion for the older, stuffier  set, Matching outfits have been injected with the metaphorical fashion botox and are enjoying a second youth. Sure in the sixties it was  très chic to match a la’ Jackie-O with her matching trifecta: shift dress, jacket and pill-box hat and in the seventies with matching three-piece suits and 2piece bell botton ensembles. But the eighties came and little matchy-matchy  outfits became the preferred attire for ladies of a certain age and of a certain tax bracket and the younger, hipper look was an eclectic,mismatched one. However this Fall it seems that perfectly coordinated matching style has become the thing all the cool kids do. Miu Miu and Prada both showcase perfectly matched suits in bold colorsand kooky nouveau-baroque prints and patterns. Vanessa G. brings the matching trend to coats and dresses with saturated colors,  hyper-realistic and fantastical prints. Juicy Couture, Raoul, and Theia both matched florals- Juicy in a pants/jacket combo, Raoul’s overcoat and matching pleated sleeveless dress and Theia in a dress/swing-coat combo. 

So for this season, in a strictly sartorial sense of the words, the carpet can (and maybe should) indeed match the drapes.

Celebrity Sightings

Amanda Seyfried on David Letterman

Rihanna at the launch of her new perfume

Jessica Chastain in Ellie Saab

Kristen Stewart at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Premier

Cate Blanchett

I thought I’d brighten your day with some inspiring recent celebrity shots. Here are some of my favorite outfits as of late. Loving that Amanda Seyfriend took on the baroque trend in a really wearable way. The peplum trend is also not going anywhere, which is a great way to hide the fact that you’ve had a few too many holiday cookies ;0 I could do without some of the shoe choices shown here (Rihanna), but you can’t win em all!

What are your thoughts on these celeb styles?