Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2012 runway collection was, without a doubt, a celebration of Italian spirituality and opulence. Setting the tone for a sumptuous feast of Rococo-inspired prints, lavish adornment, and the most decadent fabrics, the flashy Italian duo brought Baroque back in a front and center kind of way. Meanwhile, Balmain gave us a more modern and contemporary version of the look, using needlepoint work while mixing intricately embellished pieces with edgier counterparts. Whether you prefer your Baroque as opulent and as ornate as it comes, or prefer to keep it edgy and modern, just remember that this season, more is always more. Get started on one of the most coveted and lusted after trends coming this fall by shopping these 15 Baroque-inspired pieces.
The Gilded Booties
It does not get any more decadent or baroque, for that matter, than these Oscar de la Renta black and gold brocade ankle boots. Thanks to rich textures and details, these opulent booties will polish your city look in more ways than one. To get the full ladyship luxe style, pair yours with a silk ruffled blouse and a pleated metallic skirt.
Bling It On
Unlike the time of Marie Antoinette, you don't actually need to spend a fortune to sparkle. Striking pieces of costume jewelry like this gorgeous Alexis Bittar bracelet look just as glamorous, and are as beautifully rare as their investment-priced counterparts. Wear this baroque piece that features green and turquoise colorful stones to elevate special occasions or to boost a casual day.
Take on two trends this fall with this bell shaped jacquard skirt from ASOS. The dark jacquard fabric gives the repeated floral design a romantic feel that is innately baroque. Meanwhile, its bell shaped design with pleated detailing gives way to this season's voluminous silhouettes that is not only feminine, but also power-evoking. The fitted high waist makes for a flattering fit.
Strike sartorial gold with this fabulous brocade skirt from Zac Posen's baroque-inspired collection. This gilded piece features a silhouette that subtly flares at the knee for a sophisticated finish. Wear this statement skirt with a black top, shoes and opaque tights to make the opulent pattern pop even further.
Baroque Gone Sexy
Take part of Dolce &Gabbana's glorious and opulent fall collection with this fabulously floral and cherub print dress. Cut from black stretchy silk and choir boy-inspired white ruffles, this stunning statement frock makes for the obvious choice when it comes to dressing up for a special occasion. Offset the demure high hemline with bare legs and bright booties.
Not Your Average Collar
Accessorize with glamour by adding this crystal-encrusted collar from KARL. Finished with burnished gold beads, this statement accessory will make a cool alternative to your traditional bling-wear. To further baroque your look, wear this directional collar over a brocade blouse or a jacquard embellished dress. Because this season there is no such thing as over-the-top.
Elizabeth and James' metallic brocade pants are a refined and city-cool approach to the baroque-inspired trend. Cut in a straight-leg silhouette, this black pair is a blend of ladylike sophistication and dark glamour. Wear these versatile pants to cocktail hour with a peplum top and fashion-forward accessories for a directional look.
The Ornate Cape
Give your outerwear a dramatic upgrade in this ornately embellished cape from Collette by Collette Dinnigan. This embroidered wool coverup is the best way to give a dramatic entrance, no matter the occasion. Balance the cape's silhouette with a pair of tailored pants and short ankle boots.
The Girl With the Pearl Blouse
No longer reserved for meek 50s housewives, pearls have become the embellishment when adorning romantic and/or gothic designs for fall. Take for instance, this stunning silk white blouse from Zara which is embroidered from top to bottom with pearls. Delicate but sexy and alluring, this top is versatile enough to wear to the office with tailored pants or to a romantic dinner with an even more delicate skirt.
The Baroque Trousers
Want to get on this train-trend without breaking bank? Try these Jacquard Loom Trousers from Zara, which boast rich textures and luxe embroidery, all for under $80. Pair these affordable pants with a bold blue blouse for a modern contrast that is fashionably fierce.
The Princess Headband
As decadent as a box of Ladurée Macaroons, this glimmering Oscar de la Renta headband, which is studded with faceted stones in mixed settings, is fit for a modern day princess. While this luxe band was seen on the fall runway accessorizing dramatic gowns, this versatile headband is not merely restricted for black tie events. On the contrary, its glamour is equally as striking whether adorning a fancy or casual ensemble.
Opulence on Your Head
For an even more opulent look, try this striking jade headband by Shourouk. Handcrafted from a cotton-rich fabric with a soft feel, this detailed band includes silver-tone metal tips and a diamante embellished design with faceted jewels and floral detailing. The perfect way to affirm your Queen B. status, no matter which domain you are aiming for.
Just when you thought Dolce & Gabbana's Miss Sicili couldn't get any more opulent, the needelpoint handbag proves us wrong. This mini version comes in a ladylike silhouette and features needlepoint posies which lend vintage romance to a top-handle bag. An optional lambskin strap converts the style for convenient crossbody carrying. Fiercely fabulous and functional, what more can you ask for?
The Rococo Print
For a more accessible baroque-inspired handbag, check out Tory Burch's Printed Faille Medium Top Resin Bag, which was first seen during the designer's fall runway collection. Polished and graceful —this resin bag is right on trend with this season’s ladylike styling. Its refined frame silhouette is trimmed in soft Italian leather with a resin tortoise chain handle. The vivid print has a rococo air that adds a dose of elegance and charm to any look.
Not meant for the elusive wallflower, these adorable, extremely eye-catching shoes from ModCloth make it impossible to be inconspicuous. With their giant platform wedge sole and multi-hued needlepoint flowers blooming over a black backdrop, this textured shoe will get you noticed as soon as you walk in the room, especially when paired with black leggings.