9.05.2016

Baroque

"I would imagine, writing about a subject, without knowing its rich history, would prove to be quite difficult, and would undoubtedly leave the subject at-hand void of any substance."
Glenda K. Harrison

During my years at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, two of my favorite courses of study were the Evolution of Apparel, and Art History. Both opened my eyes to the incredible background in fashion, and provided an important cornerstone and foundation in which the fashion industry is built upon. I would imagine, writing about a subject, without knowing its rich history, would prove to be quite difficult, and would undoubtedly leave the subject at-hand void of any substance. As with any art form, there has to be substance in order to give it character and true meaning.

One of fashions most infamous characters was King Louis XIV (the Sun King), who reigned during the Baroque years of the 17th century - a time when architecture, fashion, music and style climbed the highest peak of ostentation. King Louis' home, the Palace of Versailles, was the epitome of the baroque lifestyle with its intensely ornate interior and exteriors. The use of color, embroidered textures, fabrics of silk, and gold were present to showcase a wealth of importance. It was during the reign of the Sun King, the true beginning of haute couture began. Ateliers were summoned to Versailles to indulge the whims of the royal and nobility with their sumptuous designs and fabrics. Just like today, the ateliers eagerly aspire to please their clients.

With the season of autumn beckoning, heightened anticipation has arrived for the new looks of the season. Designers have tempted us with velvet, silks, metallic, embroidery and fabrics that remind us of fine tapestries - fabrics and techniques that look as if they leaped from the pages of baroque history. After a long hunt, I was finally able to locate a garment that reminded me of such a time. Though modern with its design, the piece gives a clever nod to the pretentious living during those times. I hope you enjoy my modern take on baroque and I'll meet you below in the comment section.



My hunt for a bomber jacket began when Gucci Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, sent the $4,200 Applique'd Metallic Textured Leather Bomber down the Fall 2016 runway. I immediately began to organize looks in my head that would feature a type of floral bomber. My search finally came to an end when I spotted a floral appliqued bomber that reminds me of a tapestry or upholstery during the 17th century. With such an ornate piece, I've decided to keep the rest of my look laid-back and true to my style and character.

Outfit Details -  Premium Embroidered Floral Bomber Jacket: Missguided; Skinny Crop Jeans in Medium Stone Wash: Ann Taylor Loft; Ankle Boot via Banana Republic (Mine are last fall but I love the new Canton Boot at Banana Republic) (Also crazy love for the BCBG Maxazria 'Blyss' Bootie at Nordstrom); Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater by Anne Klein via TJ Maxx (Almost identical Theory 'Naneik' Rib Turtleneck at Nordstrom; Polish is Taken for Pomegranate by Ever Glaze; Mood Ring belonged to my Mom; Pearlized Ring: Loft (sold out).

 




 

 

Today's style story was an introduction to my new bomber (which is all the rage for the fall season)...and a bit of a lesson in the importance of fashion history. It's always important to know where a subject gets its roots. Whether we know this or not, our history is intertwined with fashion. Fashion manages to take us deeper into a story's timeline; it tells us more about people; the economic climate, and so much more. Unlike King Louis, I'm unable to trash a garment once it's been seen, so you'll see this garment often throughout the coming season {wink} 

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29 comments:

  1. that jacket is beyond gorgeous Glenda - I think I have baroque jacket envy :)

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  2. I remember walking around Versailles trying to imagine myself living there and you know what? I couldn't! Wow, what beauty and decadence at the same time. I love the history, and following that your jacket looks marvelous on you. It's interesting, colorful and lovely.

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    1. Hi Cathy! I can't imagine living there either. Once, while on a tour of Hearst Castle, the tour guide told the group and Mr. Hearst grandsons hated visiting him at the castle because they thought it was scary.

      I'm glad you like the jacket. I'm looking forward to styling it will other items.

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  3. That is a spectacular jacket Glenda! I love bomber style jackets, always have. This one is perfect and I can see it dressed up as well as with the casual spin you show here. It is a statement piece for sure. I have always liked to mix luxe pieces with very casual pieces and you have done it to perfection!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I love the almost silver - almost gold tones it has. It's quite a statement piece. I'm with you...I love wearing high/low. In my opinion in shows a great depth in character when you are able to mix in such a manner.

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  4. Glenda, thank you for intelligent writing that provoked lots of thought for me. I enjoy the intersection of art, fashion, history, and culture you provide. The beautiful bomber jacket is quite a spectacular piece! I'm looking forward to seeing you style it other ways in addition to today's outfit.

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    1. Naomi - by the way, I love your name. Thank you very much. When I set out to write, I always wanted people to understand there is so much more about fashion then what someone wears. It has a rich history - one that should always be recognized.

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  5. Thanks for giving the bomber jacket in a lush fabric some historical perspective. What a great look. I love the way you styled it with jeans.

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    1. Thank you so much! It's important to give a voice and understanding to fashion.

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  6. Can I have your address...I want to be a thief in the night..lol..(we look about the same size.. 😊 I'm coming for it....but joking aside.. I love love love it...ps.. I got my book...😊 thank you.. I can't wait to start reading it

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    1. Jamala, that's great! Let me know your thoughts. I feel the same way when you post images of your decorating products :)

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  7. That is a Ultra Fabulous bomber and it is perfect on You.

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    1. Thanks Neti! I'm so glad I found it. It was calling my name.

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  8. Beautiful jacket and I love the history. Thank you so much for sharing. I am learning a lot from you !
    Kery B.

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  9. That jacket... oh my goodness!! I think I actually swooned!!

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    1. I did too, Beckey, and I'm still swooning :)

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  10. Oh my gosh!!! That jacket is #EVERYTHING!!!
    http://whosaprettygirl.com

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  11. Love the jacket. The print is great. I love fashion and food history. It gives one a wonderful perspective. I was at Versailles 20 years ago but I remember walking down the marble steps that were worn in the center thinking if these steps could talk!

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    1. Oh gosh, Haralee, I could only imagine what those walls would say. The scandal and intrigue. I feel the same when I travel up the coast of California to Hearst Castle. But I agree, food and fashion history is so good and interesting. I can sit for hours learning about it all.

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  12. Just love to see your looks - so classic and stylish but not over the top. Thrilled to see the turtleneck back in style. One of my favs. And can not wait to wear my first bomber jacket (super soft chocolate brown leather) this autumn!!

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    1. Thank you so much Laura. In my opinion, the turtleneck will never go out of style. I wear them regardless. They are instantly cool-girl...especially with a bomber or leather jacket.

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  13. This jacket is STUNNING! I've also been on the hunt for a jacket but haven't come across anything this wonderful thrifting.

    Great look!

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Suzanne, my tongue hit the floor when I spotted it!

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  14. Love the bomber, and I was so pleased to get an early preview! Love the baroque look of it, the worldly look of tapestry, and that time in history where the clothing was so opulent!
    Well done!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. After you showed yours, I thought I take another look on the web. I had just about given up when I found this one. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I kept looking :)

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  15. With a jacket like that---you hardly need to think about what else you're wearing since it'll get all the attention!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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