Rococo Renaissance

By Lara Quinn

The recent Dolce and Gabbana runway story, christened ‘Fashion Devotion’, forged new life for the fashion world this season. The looks fused contemporary crazes with artistic ideals of the Baroque era in a matrimony that can only be regarded as something of a Rococo Renaissance.  Echoing the genesis of the 15th century renaissance, the dynamic duo behind the brand delivered a runway show which rejected repetitive ideals of modern aesthetic and fashion to conceive a modern renaissance in both beauty and style.

It is surely due-time to abort the full-beat glam of current beauty standards and rejoice upon a look which resurrects the “quiet grandeur and noble simplicity” of Baroque art in makeup, or maybe just for a little while anyway.

Red made a statement throughout the show, especially in the makeup of the models. Each was allocated a shade unique to their complexion by the Madonna of makeup herself, Pat McGrath. Red is a colour associated with life, birth and romance, all of which exquisitely encapsulate the theme of a ‘Rococo Renaissance’. Just think Kirsten Dunst in ‘Marie Antoinette’. McGrath used the Dolce and Gabbana cream lipstick collection; however, I would consider the Colourpop ‘Lux-Lipstick’ range to be an affordable and, more importantly, a cruelty-free alternative. To compliment the youthful lip, the models were acquitted with a light to medium coverage foundation of skin-like texture, keeping any freckles or moles visible to achieve this faux natural effect. Though there is no denying the mastery of drag and full-glam makeup, this look offers an alternative for those who may not be inclined to sport such a full coverage face.

The eyes were soft yet striking, subtly accentuated with a wing that is hazed out using what appears to be a dark eye-shadow rather than a bold eye-liner.

In a society overwhelmed with such a high concentration of Kardashian nudes; the cardinal reds, pompous pinks and royal blues of the “Fashion Devotion” show were a resurgence of new life. It contrasts the glam makeup and gym-casual clothing of popular fashion, by inducing an appreciation for more natural makeup fashioned with avant-garde attire. It is a colour palette reminiscent of the exuberance and flamboyance of the romantic, Rococo era. Described by Vogue as “a declaration of love”, the clothes were enshrined with religious iconography to invoke the designer’s vocation to the industry. This religious propagation is also synonymous with the standards of the Council of Trent which spearheaded the Baroque movement. This show will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but no matter your preference, it is certainly a testament to the cyclic nature of fashion trends throughout time. In the words of Marie Antoinette, “There is nothing new except what has been forgotten”.