Trend Watch: Lavish Baroque Looks on the Runway

Over-the-top embellishments on the spring runways were impossible to ignore, conjuring images of romantic architecture and historic tapestries.

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Over-the-top embellishments on the spring runways were impossible to ignore, conjuring images of romantic architecture and historic tapestries. "More is more" was the rule of thumb for Sarah Burton's first solo collection at McQueen, with heaps of beads, feathers, and luxe printed silk.
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UK design star Mary Katrantzou layered digital prints featuring exotic architecture and interiors to create an unusual "walking museum" effect.
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Leather-covered stones, sequins and tiny silver beads glistened on the runway at Lanvin.
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16th-century tapestries were likely a source of inspiration for Rochas' baroque printed dresses.
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Dense sequin clusters make this nightgown-like look from John Galliano an unusual evening choice.
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At Rodarte, mixed textures in contrasting shades of gold combined to create a look that was at once exotic and strangely futuristic.
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An elegantly beaded bodice speckled with feathers expands into a sweeping printed tulle skirt at Dior.
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Dress master Elie Saab offered up luscious beaded confections like this subtly floral-embellished gown for his spring couture collection.
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Naeem Khan can always be counted on to deliver heaps of sequins and glistening textures.
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At Gaultier, a baroque beaded tunic was layered over a blouse-y silk shirt to create a modern pirate effect.
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Marc Jacobs experimented with over-the-top embellishments like the golden fringe on the metallic pantsuit for Louis Vuitton's spring collection.
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Armor-like panels of sequins and thick gold piping make this Matthew Williamson look feel bold yet elegant.
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Phillip Lim put a modern spin on the baroque look by layered a cropped cardigan over a silver beaded tunic.
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At Valentino, lace, beads, and matte-black sequins were mixed and matched to create ladylike looks with a whiff of mystery.
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At Chanel, Lagerfeld paired a luxe embroidered tunic with poufy tulle sleeves was paired with sequin trousers.
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