The Mood

Sophisticated Baroque Drama

A baroque extravaganza awaits AW17. Ranging from embroidered golden florals to rich velvet or silk fabrics, the phrase 'too much' does not exist. The new baroque will take a prominent place in your AW17 wardrobe with theatrical sleeves, gold embroidery or dramatic tailoring.

by Karin Cuppens

Seen on the runway

This season the drama gets unleashed. We are not talking about over-the-top, out-of-your-mind scenes, but sophisticated silhouettes, immaculate craftsmanship and mesmerising details. At the forefront of the new baroque, there is – without a shimmer of a doubt – Dolce & Gabbana. With their Sicilian flair and exquisite taste for luxury, they bring a far-gone era of style back to life. The AW17 collection showed an embroidered golden suit with panels of red velvet and a crown as a headpiece to finish off the look. Erdem approaches this theatrical style from another angle with a long skirt in a rich fabric that is combined with a crisp white shirt blouse. Florals also have a prominent role to play in this play of royal sophistication. As seen in the collection of Rochas in the form of a black coat and designs of Joseph in a grey flower embroidered suit with wide-legged trousers.
From left: Erdem, Joseph, Rochas, Dolce & Gabbana

Translated to the streets

You don’t have to opt for golden embroidery to adopt the dramatic flair. An exaggerated sleeve with an unexpected fluff or a shoe style that oozes luxury, by using pearls or opulent fabrics, are equally effective. Combine your melodramatic outfit with a plain white shirt to balance out the sparkling details and heavy prints. If the touch of dramatisation is only for the connaisseurs, a beautifully sculpted heel of your footwear can do the trick. Play with extravagant volumes, lavish fabrics and deluxe cuts to make the modern update an aristocratic spirit yours. All hail the queens of the new baroque.
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