July 19, 2012

baroque is back

of all the fall trends emerging this season, baroque is by far my favorite. 
i know what you're thinking. at first glance, it seems kind of crazy. a couple of years ago i took a course about baroque art in italy, and i couldn't imagine how that era would translate to modern fashion. and if it did, there was no way it would be wearable... right?

wrong. baroque came about so fluidly, it was almost as if designers had been storing these dramatic shapes and gorgeous patterns in their closets for years and were just waiting for the right moment to share them with the world. proenza schouler, balmain and alexander mcqueen -- among countless others -- turned out particularly incredible head-to-toe masterpieces: 

{from left: proenza schouler, balmain, alexander mcqueen / images via style.com}

personally, i would love to wear that balmain get-up every single day -- but let's be realistic. for our day-to-day routines, full-on brocades and scarf prints are just not going to work. 

in fact, i prefer modernizing the trend by sticking to simple, boxy tops, like the ones below, which add angles to the swirly patterns and keep things sleek. you can wear these tops with anything -- even your ratty jeans or shorts -- but slim pants look especially amazing. try a bold color or leather finish for some nice contrast; i especially love the idea of wearing that ornate preen top with those super-sporty side-stripe rag & bone pants -- they kind of feel like they were made for each other.

tie it all together with a clutch that doesn't distract from the artfulness of your shirt. oversized styles hold everything you need during the day but look perfectly polished at night, instantly making the baroque trend perfect for any occasion.
peep my ideas below to get the look:

{ look #1: preen top / rag & bone pants / 3.1 phillip lim clutch (bonus: it reverses to white!) }  

more shopping ideas below.....

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