Grandeur. Lush. Exquisite. Go big or go home. Fashion and style in this period was represented by these sentiments and more. It was the idea that grandiose was the way to live, eat and breathe. Splendor and excessive was the norm. Influence from the later part of the era (1660-1775) can be seen across the runway today, my absolute favorite is Dolce & Gabbana RTW Fall 2013 at Milan Fashion Week (read about the creative directors recent conviction of tax evasion). Check it out here at style.com!
To incorporate this style into your wardrobe, look for heavily ornate pieces, dramatic circular or curving patterns and elaborate embellishments.
Here are a few pictures for inspiration! Happy findings!
6:15pm CST. The collective sigh as you made your appearance on red carpet at the Met Gala is the maddening reason behind this post. You are a star. Destined for greatness. Your humble spirit and immense talent speaks volume. The world has taken a seat in your audience, eagerly awaiting your next move. But let’s address the daring move you made last night, I get it, it was your JLo-in-the-Versace-at-the-Grammys-moment. You wanted to make a bold statement. After all, you have stunned and silenced us throughout this award season. Radiant in Ralph Lauren, Glorious in Gucci, Dazzling in Dior and Charming in Chanel. On Oscar night, I expected the mecca of dresses and though you looked graceful and elegant as always in Oscar de La Renta I must admit I was quite disappointed. This was your chance to showcase your true beauty and fashion sense (and your stylist). You didn’t flunk out but you failed to excite.
Last night you excited but you failed to ignite. The Met Gala red carpet wasn’t the place for the flapper inspired emerald green Prada gown and the Star Wars headpiece. Where was the architecture (structure)? Volume? Charles James inspiration? Red carpet fashion is about risk taking but the Prada was a poor choice for a beautiful starlet. Please, Lupita redeem yourself in only the way you can. By dazzling us once again and enrapturing us under your magical fashion spell.
Considered the greatest literary work of his career, F. Scott Fitzgerald, painted a beautiful illusionary tale of forbidden love, lost and found. The 2013 movie adaption, directed by Baz Luhrman, explored themes of excess, abundant passions and over the top glamour that seemed to define the Roaring Twenties. Art Deco reached its height of popularity during the mid to late 1920s and the art movement was defined by vibrant color patterns, plush and excessive ornaments and bold geometric shapes.
Valentino, Chanel and Dior are a few remaining fashion houses that produce haute couture (high fashion made-to-measure) garments.
Here’s to fashioning a new look, planning a dinner party or simply taking in some glamour for the day!