This fall was full of gold, not just because of the golden leaves but because of the return of Baroque/Rococco era in fashion world. Big names like Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Chloè, Prada, Valentino, Versace, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Fendi, J. Mendel and many more, had decided to bring back to life the sumptuous clothes than once made waves through the royalty, aristocrats and the bourgeoisie of the 18th century. Gold embroidery, elaborate floral embellishments, elegant plissé pleating, pearls, ribbons, lace, velvet, dramatic jewelry and silk are now things that can make part of our wardrobe too.
That era, did not had a big influence in fashion only, but it changed the world of architectures and artists also. “The buildings become more and more of a pretext to use decorations or an aggregation of ornaments of the most various and bizarre natures. The interiors dazzle with the lavishness of gold, silver, silks, rich tapestry and luxurious furnishings. All of these elements are used by the artists of the style to produce moments of intensity, drama, exuberance and greatness. In the architecture of St. Peters in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice, in the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, and Rubens, the Baroque spirit still lives today to inspire us. In painting the most important characteristics of Baroque art are great drama, deep and rich color, intense light, and dark shadows. Some of the greatest painters of the Baroque period are Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, and Caravaggio. Caravaggio opened a new chapter in the history of painting with his realistic approach to the human figure, taken directly from real life and dramatically placed against a dark background. From the many musical forms that flourished in that era, we can mention the concerto, the symphony, the sonata, cantata and the oratorio. Baroque music can be seen as being highly ornate, lavishly textured, and intense. The music of this period was characterized by rich counterpoint and a highly decorated melodic line.” ( Source: https://www.pixel77.com/modern-design-baroque-style/ )
When I think at Baroque, I think at Château de Versailles in Paris, I think at The Hall of Mirrors, The Queen’s bedchamber, The Opera and Marie Antoinette of course. Back then she was what we call today a shopaholic and also an icon. Her fabulousness made and remains in history. Had inspired uncounted books, movies, paintings and marvelous creations of fashion designers.
In this fall-winter we can delight ourselves with collections that seems out of a fairy tale. I must say that I’ve always been fascinated by that era and I’m more than happy that now I can easily have access to it through fashion. Shops are full of Baroque inspiration items that, if you choose them wisely you can almost fell that you’re about to go to a party with Marie Antoinette. Ahh all the glamour!!
Here are a few things that makes me wish I was a billionaire living all over the world but mostly in Paris.
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