Return of Rococo


Clockwise from Top Left: D&G F/W 09; Stadholders chair by Gerrit Hutte c1747; Mirror c1755; Candleabra by Claud Ballin II c1739; Burberry Prorsum F/W 09; D&G F/W 09; D&G F/w 09; Burberry Prorsum F/W 09; Chest of drawers by Jean Pierre Latz c17th century; D&G F/W 09

Fresh off of the F/W 09 runways, many designers turned back to the extravagant Rococo period of the 18th Century for inspiration. Several collections focused on heavily decorated jackets with scrollwork and frills, creating a rich tonal texture. Ornamental accents and cutaway silhouettes had military undertones. Many fabrics had an eloquent, heavy hand not unlike tapestries of the time period.  Burberry’s Christopher Bailey even printed actual Baroque portraits on some of the dresses and knits that came down his runway. Our Interiors editor, Angela, has also started seeing a resurgence in popularity of the over-the-top styles for the home as well.

It’s no wonder the Baroque influences are becoming commonplace and relevant once again as our current economic crisis closely mirrors the state of France under the reign of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The absurdity of excess was the topic du jour back then, and continues to be a major discussion today.

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