The drama of the spring and summer months lay in the strategically-yet-still-dangerously-placed cutouts and the still-ubiquitous thigh-high slits that peppered red carpet events and city pavements. For the incoming fall and winter months however, designers took sartorial drama away from provocativeness and bathed it in an endless showing of romance, opulence and pure lavishness.
On the runway, designers pulled back the curtain to usher in collections that celebrated other-worldly grandeur by incorporating exceptional embroidery, romanticizing lace, and borrowing the defining patterns of centuries past. There was perhaps no other label than Dolce & Gabbana that exceptionally bannered the trend. Intricate golden embroidery decorated garments, commanding illustrious attention that titillated with every thread. The label didn’t stop there, sending gilded dresses on a head-on collision course with Chantilly lace overlay.
The catwalks of Valentino and Aquilano Rimondi were just as brilliantly decorated, indulging in the richness of renaissance patterns. Garments resembled that of a perfectly fashioned tapestry, inviting us to move forward and scrutinize every curve and twist of its lines. Antonio Marras was another label to unveil a collection richly beaming with romance. Beautiful lace dresses sashayed down the runway, leaving front row onlookers with mouths agape in marvel. Other designers also showcased present day romance such as Balmain. By throwing in bits of art deco inspiration, the label’s collection yielded a vibe that was bursting with contemporary and antiquated virtuosity.
Although this trend has been equally pervasive in the past, the incoming season’s love affair with lavish detailing carry a distinctly deeper effort to create a dress that somehow tells a narrative. The complexity of the prints and patterns seemingly inspired by old paintings and vintage wallpaper all hint at a full-blown fall and winter romance.
Click through the slideshow above to see some of our most loved looks from the fall 2012 season that beam with undeniable romance.
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