Baroque Trend

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties

In the mood for adding some luxe items into your fall wardrobe? Baroque-inspired pieces are just the way to accomplish that goal. Brocade prints are richly decorative woven fabrics, often made in various silks coupled with the use of gold and silver threads.

Designers like Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain all captivated the runways with their Baroque-inspired collections for Fall 2012. These collections mixed shimmering, satin jackets with opulent, printed pants and eye-catching velvet pieces. I personally loved the way that Dolce & Gabbana combined brocade prints with lace details on cocktail dresses and corsets creating the most elegant ensembles.

Here are a few of my favorite Baroque inspired picks for the season. What do you think of these picks? Have you added any Baroque pieces to your fall wardrobes?

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties


Tracy Reese, Brocade Sheath Dress; $345.00 / Elizabeth and James, Avery Brocade Effect Blazer; $559.63 / 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Brocade Foil Print Velvet Skinny; $198.00 / Alice + Olivia, Helena Floral Velvet Brocade Pumps; $345.00 / Kotur, Mango Satin and Velvet Brocade Box Clutch; $450.00 / Rachel Comey, Meade Shell Brocade Top; $494.28 /

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Zang Toi

Zang Toi is one of the most prominent designers to come out of Malaysia. He has a way of incorporating his heritage into subtle details in all of his collections. A long time favorite of celebrities and red carpet goers, Toi's gowns are meant for those who want to be noticed and make a statement.










Often inspired by Baroque periods and over the top elegance which we saw in pieces such as his white bridal robe with layered, ruched collar, Zang Toi surprises us for 2013 with a more structured collection than we have seen in the past. The focal point for many pieces was a structured collar built into a modernized black smoking jacket. Keeping in true Toi fashion, the model would reveal the coup de gras upon her turn. Utilizing textile panels in a Baroque-feeling scarf print, the back of the jacket became a statement saying, "It's not all business." Continuing this theme, one of the Fashion Wrap Up headquarters favorite pieces was a high-low black tail coat with white embroidery on the inside of the tails. The attention to detail in this portion of the collection was enough to make any fashionista's heart beat faster.

This year the more structured pieces trumped the evening wear. Toi's evening wear dresses used carnival candy tones of light purple and pink accented by strategic rhinestone embellishments. This evening wear collection does not live up to the mastery that Toi has presented in previous years. While he walked away a winner with the unexpected twist on the classic black jacket, the touch of Toi in the evening wear line was unfortunately not there for Spring 2013. Nevertheless, we at Fashion Wrap Up love Zang Toi. Stay tuned for our exclusive, post NYFW interview with the designer and find out about his inspirations and what makes Zang Toi tick!

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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