Decadence: A Rebellious Return

After endless pieces of beige and camel that paddled down the runway for those A/W collections, I feel that there was an essence of relief when evidence of colour and decadence was subtly injected into the mix of minimalism. From gold frocks, to metallic gold printing; a hint of fashion rebellion has hit the catwalk, as decadence makes an unpredictable return.

So whilst Chloe, Givenchy and Calvin Klein head for chic unique; with a pale colour palette and sophisticated aura, other labels have branched into the direction of almost medieval eccentricity.

The King of extravagance, Alexander McQueen has created this glorious deep red frock, complimented by intricate gold patterning, plus a pleated skirt detail. It's outlandish appearance almost gives the minimalist craze a lukewarm character, as appose to McQueen's burning shades and velvet cloth.; an alluring and exciting twist to this seasons Autumn essentials.

Alexander McQueen
Intertwined with the 'women in suits' trend of fall 2010, Balmain has also designed an enchantingly decadent trouser suit; including an elongated khaki/grey blazer with a shimmering, rouge coloured patterning, accompanied with a metallic style, gold pant. This succulent and exaggerated outfit sparks a refreshing change in direction to the simplicity of traditional suiting.

Emilio Pucci is another designer supporting this idea of flamboyance; creative director, Peter Dundas' take on the trend displays a charming, sheer, gold dress. Surprisingly tame and understated for conventional decadent attire, however, its minuscule length, flared sleeve and off-the-shoulder cut simply animates the frock, accentuating its alluring colour and subtle gold detailing.

Emilio Pucci
Penultimately, a piece of beauty that is an absolute jewel of dress; Marchesa has produced this wonderful mermaid-esque piece. Its silvery, lilac shade combined with the sparkling pattern detail and sheer material, collaborates to create a heavenly mix of femininity and eccentricity. A definite favourite amongst the crowds of decadent fashion.


However, other designers such as Peter Som, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and Jason Wu, have also manufactured their own input to this whimsical trend.

Peter Som

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Victoria Beckham

Diane Von Furstenberg

Jason Wu
Consequently, whether its minimalist cloth or exuberant apparel, this A/W season, fashion leaves it up to us to decide the fate of fall.

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