Stylish Excess

Returning to exaggerated aristocratic and courtly fashions and themes

Implications - Consumers love to live in excess, and there's no icon more symbolic of this than the 18th century Queen of France Marie Antoinette. Designers are turning to this historical and cultural figure for inspiration, infusing clothing, accessories and fashion editorials with an aristocratic and courtly flair. Sky-high hair, over-the-top makeup, big and embellished gowns and extravagant jewelry lay the groundwork for this fashion directive, which gives indulgent fashionistas license to dress up and exaggerate their own looks.
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Mar 12 - Jun 12
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Modern Monarchy Editorials - The Visioni Amica Magazine Shoot has a Vintage Aesthetic
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Warm 98,645 Clicks Pub: Mar 14, 12
Modern Monarchy Editorials
The Visioni Amica Magazine Shoot has a Vintage Aesthetic
The 'Visioni' Amica Magazine editorial features an aged architecture that serves as the perfect backdrop for a slew of vintage-inspired styles. Highly glamorous, this stunning portrait series dares to… [More]
Aristocratic Collar Editorials - The Michelle Lowe-Holder Lookbook is Pink-Hued
SCORE 6.3
Warm 54,195 Clicks Pub: Apr 1, 12
Aristocratic Collar Editorials
The Michelle Lowe-Holder SS 2012 Lookbook is Pink-Hued
The Michelle Lowe-Holder SS 2012 lookbook has exaggerated regal appeal. The ‘Victorian Flowers and Cram Crocodiles’ series features hugely ruffled neck pieces, bracelets and a beaded necklace. A... [More]
Victorian Era Editorials - The How to Spend It Kliveckaite Photoshoot is High Society
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Warm 32,450 Clicks Pub: Jun 3, 12
Victorian Era Editorials
The How to Spend It June 2012 Kliveckaite Photoshoot is High Society
The How To Spend It June 2012 ‘Playful By The Rules’ editorial showcases Lithuanian model Aiste-Regina Kliveckaite amid binoculars and a ballet beam. And if this wasn’t bizarre... [More]
Modern Marie Antoinette Photoshoots - 'The Emodied Thought' AnOther Magazine Editorial is Historic
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Warm 44,647 Clicks Pub: Jun 6, 12
Modern Marie Antoinette Photoshoots
'The Emodied Thought' AnOther Magazine Editorial is Historic
‘The Emobided Thought’ photoshoot for the UK-based AnOther Magazine publication does an excellent job of conjuring up the prototypical images of Marie Antoinette. The Queen of France is... [More]
Modern Shakespearean Lookbooks - The Wildfox Fall Catalog is Inspired by 'Romeo and Juliet'
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Average 7,557 Clicks Pub: Jun 25, 12
Modern Shakespearean Lookbooks
The Wildfox Fall 2012 Catalog is Inspired by 'Romeo and Juliet'
The Wildfox Fall 2012 lookbook explores an alternate ending to the tragic story of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Instead of dying in each other’s arms, they live. A... [More]
Reimagined Renaissance Photoshoots - The 'CEXN Accessories' Series is Dark and Graceful
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Mild 15,024 Clicks Pub: Jun 4, 12
Reimagined Renaissance Photoshoots
The 'CEXN Accessories' Series is Dark and Graceful
The ‘CEXN Accessories’ series shows that elegance and edginess need not be mutually exclusive. Shot by photographer Sandra Schmidbaur, the series focuses on model Dana-Chantal Strangmann... [More]
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