Gold on Black Aubusson Rugs Inspire Fall-Winter 2012 Womens Fashions

As a designer of decorative rugs, I look far and wide for inspiration. In yesterday’s post the inspiration was nature and I posted pictures I took this spring and fall in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. Today’s source of inspiration is women’s fashion. I looks for sudden and drastic shifts in moods in women’s fashion. They are usually an early trend forecaster of decorative rug fashions in the coming years.

We have had several years of minimalism so sooner or later women’s fashions had to turn towards tradition and ornamentation. But I never expected such a sudden turn from minimalism to the Baroque. While this is one of four or five major trends in women’s fashions,  the fact that so many well known designers have ventured into it suggests it will have some staying power. Most amazing to me is that these black and gold baroque fashions are so reminiscent of Asmara’s La Sarre Aubusson rug pictured at the end of this post.

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Dolce & Gabbana introduced a collection of almost entirely black and gold Baroque looks inspired by baroque embroideries and Aubusson rugs.

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Aquilano Rimondi’s gold and black outfit reminds me of the gilded patterns in baroque furniture and Aubusson rugs. Image courtesy Harper’s Bazaar Fall 2012 Fashions.

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Ralph Lauren’s dress with gold embroidery on black somehow manages to look very Ralph Lauren. Image courtesy Harper’s Bazaar Fall 2012 Fashions.
 
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Oscar de la Renta took a slightly more restrained approach to the gilded baroque look. Image courtesy Harper’s Bazaar Fall 2012 Fashions.
 
Harper’s Bazaarproclaimed this one of the four best fashion trends for fall 2012 women’s fashion:

“Gilded embroideries, luxe velvets and ornate details ruled the runways for fall. Dolce & Gabbana led the pack with a collection of almost entirely black and gold Baroque looks. Ferragamo interpreted the reference for a lady of drama, while Balmain used all-over embellishments to show the grandeur of the bygone era”.

Fashionising.com made an attempt to explain why this trend was happening now:

“…The ornamented drama of the Baroque and Rococo periods returns in new ways for fall 2012, rebelling against the minimal and the financially conscious to show that obvious displays of luxury are still on the cards. From gilded filagree to embroidery, plush appliques to heavy brocades, going for Baroque is one way to stand out come fall”.

Let us take a quick look at French Baroque architecture, furniture and Aubusson rugs that inspired the Fall-Winter 2012 Fashions.


 
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The Palace of Versailles, initially a tiny hunting lodge built by Louis XIII, was transformed by Louis XIV into a marvelous palace in what became knows as the French Baroque style or the Louis XIV style. Furniture, Savonnerie rugs, Aubusson rugs and interior designs from this period are characterized by elaborate embroideries, rich brocades, gilded plaster moldings and Ormolu on desks and armoires.
 
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Armoires such as this one from around 1710, and attributed to André-Charles Boulle inspired women’s Fall and Winter 2012 fashions. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum, New York.

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Asmara’s La Sarre Aubusson Rug – remarkably in step with Women’s Fall-Winter 2012 Fashion Runways!

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