Fashion is taking inspiration from the Baroque era for Fall/Winter 12. Think luxe fabrics, elaborate detail and rich colours. The great thing about these pieces is that they’re so beautifully intricate you don’t have to worry about accessories. Or alternatively, you can just dip your toe into the fashion waters and wear baroque style on a handbag or your shoes.

Dolce & Gabbana were one of the first fashion houses to pioneer the trend at Milan Fashion Week. Models sashayed down the runway in black pieces, adorned with gorgeous gold stitching. Volume was the key to many of the outfits, featuring huge, ruffled collars and puffy sleeves. A trend that could potentially be fairly conservative was given sex appeal with sheer fabrics and short skirts that showed some serious leg. On the other end of the colour spectrum were lacy white baroque-style dresses, which looked pure and angelic.

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Balmain went dramatic at Paris Fashion Week, stepping away from the classic black and gold and adding a twist of colour to the trend. Pieces were decorated with intricate stitching, featuring beautiful flowers and elaborate woven patterns. The shoulders were slightly padded and boxy, adding an almost futuristic, contemporary twist.

Whereas baroque may seem like a difficult trend to master, it’s actually simple once you know the rules. As previously mentioned, when you’re wearing a baroque-style piece, jewellery falls by the wayside as dresses and jackets are usually decorative enough.

If you’re pear-shaped, go for one of the padded jackets to balance your shape. Wear with slim-fitting trousers to make the most out of your figure. If you’re petite, jackets may swamp you, so go for a fitted dress in the elaborate print. Team with killer heels for the perfect evening outfit.

Baroque is not just for night time though; there are plenty of casual pieces to inject some of the trend into your everyday style. Try some patterned leggings or jeans and team with a plain blazer for an outfit that’s perfect for the office. Cosy jumpers adorned with flowers are the best way to channel the look on a lazy day.

If you don’t want to invest in one statement piece, accessories are the perfect way to give a nod to the trend without going all out. Many retailers have introduced baroque-style velvet handbags and shoes with intricate stitching and lace. – COVER MEDIA