Overtaking the opulent Baroque period and condensing the signature style into a whimsical cloud of elegance and vibrancy,  the Rococo period flourished as a focal point in history paying homage to France’s last Golden Era. Embracing the formal details of the eighteenth-century such as sinuous curves, waves, curls, floral arabesques and charming of grace, the artistic period illustrates a life of jovial aristocracy under the reign of Louis XV’s.

François-Hubert Drouais, Portrait of the Marquise d’Aiguirandes, 1759 | Rococo Jewellery – Sapphire-and-topaz Parure | Photography by Vogue

Championing the artistic and design elements of the mid-eighteenth-century, the romantic period has become a source of fascination for designers striving to revitalise this era with a contemporary twist.

Dolce & Gabanna | 2016-17 Collection

Distinguishing itself from the time of baroque, the Rococo period is primarily focused on love and subsidises small structures for the grandeur and heaviness of the lavish period. Embracing playful pastel palettes to radiant tones of stringing red, the era hosts a strong essence of contemporary chic.

This year Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabanna embraced the extravagant period with a conceptual twist, adorning the models in Rococo-esque embellished headwear, the subtle accessories remained beautifully poised and demure against the dazzling ensembles.

Dolce & Gabanna | 2016 Collection

A brand renowned for its consistent references to catholicism, Sicilian heritage and baroque, the Rococo reference was somewhat well-suited forDolce & Gabanna , directing their creative flair in another cultural direction. Constructing an array of playful aesthetics, their collection featured intriguing graphic prints embellished with delicate naturalistic designs of the era.

Chanel Rococo

Chanel | Spring/ Summer Collection

Transported to the lavish parlours of the Rococo period, designer Karl Lagerfeld demonstrated his adoration of the romantic era, offering a hybrid of enchanting panniers and fichus with added hints of modernism. With frothy lace ruffles and cuffs attached to synthetic plastics, Lagerfeld delivered a captivating parade of playful aristocracy whilst echoing the charm of the Rococo era.

Jeremy Scott | 2008 Collection

Embracing the French style of sophisticated simplicity and delicate ornamentation, American designer Jeremy Scott showcased his accessories range of delicate florals fused with intricate rock-work. With characteristics of elegance and touching sentiments, Scott captures the periods charm through his masterful sculpture work.

Dario Scapitta | Sparkling Evo Bracelet | Sparkling Evo Collier

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Endorsing subtle hints of the ornate style, Dutch designer Dario Scapitta hosts a narrative of demure pieces inspired by geometry, architecture and ancient ethnic jewels. With an artistic outlook that simple forms, colours and materials can all become precious, Scapitta designs encompass classical chic with an added hint of quirkyness.

Commenting on adopting vast cultural movements and embracing them annually with a dignified twist, Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabanna elaborates on his versatile rationale;

“Each of our collections is like a movie. We write the script, and this Sicilian woman who has traveled around the world plays the lead role.” — Domenico Dolce

References

Brainy Quote (2016) Domenico Dolce [Online] Available at http://Http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/domenico_dolce.html [Accessed 29/2/16]

Dolce & Gabbana (2016) Http://www.dolcegabbana.com/woman/fashion-show/fall-winter-2016-17/ [Online] Available at http://About  [Accessed 29/2/16]

NGA (2016) Drouais, François-Hubert [Online] Available at http://Http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/artist-info.1242.html?artobj_artistId=1242&pageNumber=1 [Accessed 29/2/16]

Vogue (2011) Life as a House: A New Exhibition at The Getty Brings Decadent Rococo Paris to Life [Online] Available at http://Http://www.vogue.com/873917/life-as-a-house-a-new-exhibition-at-the-getty-brings-decadent-rococo-paris-to-life/ [Accessed 29/2/16]

Vogue (2011) Life as a House: A New Exhibition at The Getty Brings Decadent Rococo Paris to Life [Online] Available at http://Http://www.vogue.com/873917/life-as-a-house-a-new-exhibition-at-the-getty-brings-decadent-rococo-paris-to-life/ [Accessed 29/2/16]

Vogue (2013) Resort Chanel 2013 [Online] Available at http://Http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2013/chanel [Accessed 29/2/16]