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October 3, 2012
 

Our Favorite Looks: Baroque Prints

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Written by: Shalwah Evans

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ne of summer’s biggest trends, Baroque is making itself comfy in our closets for fall too.  The print, influenced by the 17th Century style of art that featured exaggerated motion and detail, was seen on the red carpet, in retail stores, and even had its 15 seconds on the E! network’s Fashion Police. While Joan Rivers might think it’s too old and heavy, fashionistas and trend followers alike have embraced it.  Willow Smith turned heads in her rococo (an 18th Century style of Baroque) Versace shift dress at the Toronto Film Festival this fall.

In fashion, the baroque print was most synonymous with classic 90’s Versace, when Gianni’s  skintight flashy dresses were go to for any girl who wanted to vamp up her look.  Baroque Versace print button ups were popular in hip hop culture, popularized

by rappers like P. Diddy (called Puff Daddy and Puffy at the time) and Notorious B.I.G.  As designers have recently thrown back to the busy print for the warm summer months, Baroque has had a sort of reawakening.

Now, as dark nail polish colors have replaced the summer’s neons, and tees are being topped with knits, Baroque’s stay has been expanded into fall-appropriate pieces for many retailers and designers.  As winter gets closer the print might get packed away.  But stay tuned, because as Jeremy Scott showed us during his New York Fashion Week spring 2013 show, Baroque might move quietly into the shadows for a few seasons, but it will always have a reemergence—and it will never go completely out of style.

01. Topshop Skater Dress

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Topshop Skater Dress, $240
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About the Author

Shalwah Evans
Shalwah Evans
Shalwah Evans is a fashion and beauty writer living in the New York City metropolitan area. After graduating with a master's in journalism from UC Berkeley she covered fashion weeks in South Africa and Japan for various publications. She has been a contributor for the Daily Front Row as well as NBC New Yorks' fashion blog, Thread NY. She also works with Poshly, which hosts the first beauty website devoted solely to giveaways.



 
 

 
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