(c) 2012, The Washington Post.
(c) 2012, The Washington Post.
Excess to impress in festive frocks, sparkly skirts and rich accessories inspired by the Baroque era. And for a finishing touch, wear the lush hairstyles that go with them.
Byron Lars Beauty Mark lace dress ($635, at Proper Topper stores and www.propertopper.com); Elise M. elastic belt ($70), gold clutch ($40) and Michael Antonio Studio art-deco-style platform pumps ($130, all at South Moon Under stores and www.southmoonunder.com).
Sequined Alice + Olivia jacket ($898), velvet Aqua tank ($88) and Adriano Goldschmied pants ($225), all at Bloomingdale's stores and www.bloomingdales.com); Gerard Yosca lucky clover necklace ($352, Proper Topper) and Bettye Muller heels ($335, from Simplysoles.com).
Aryn K. collared shawl blazer ($132, South Moon Under); gold shirt and Seven for All Mankind pants ($340 and $298, from Bloomingdale's); Lenora Dame necklace ($168, Simplysoles.com); earrings ($74, Proper Topper) and Rebecca Minkoff heels ($325, from the Shoe Hive in Alexandria, Va.).
Green short-sleeve shirt with Peter Pan collar ($256, Bloomingdale's); silver mini skirt by Tinley Road ($59, Piperlime.com); large Izzy & Ali "doctor bag" embellished peach satchel ($88, South Moon Under) and gun-metal glass earrings, metal chain cuff bracelet and silver ring ($43-$80, South Moon Under); and pewter shoes by L.K. Bennett ($395).
Gold Lillie skirt by Darling; gold skinny tank by Michael Stars ($39, South Moon Under); skull and crown sheer button-down shirt by Rehab Clothing ($53, www.lorisshoes.com) and black lace heels ($298, Somethingbleushoes.com); and hair clips ($20 each, Proper Topper).
Lauren Clark, of the Immortal Beloved salon in Washington, shares her tress talents with these two looks you can re-create at home.
Chignon with a Twist
1. Spray hair with a texturizing product such as Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray ($39 for 8.5 ounces). Add a headband if desired.
2. Gather two front side sections and secure them with bobby pins in the back.
3. Gather the remaining hair at the nape of the neck and twirl it to create one big ringlet.
4. Beginning at the end, roll hair into itself until you have a large loop at the base of the neck.
5. Evenly disperse the loop, pinning as you work.
6. Spray with hairspray and loosen the strands around your face to give it a little texture.
1. Comb hair to remove knots and tangles. Spray with texturizing spray.
2. Beginning at the roots, tease hair in front as if you were doing a bouffant.
3. Gather two front side sections and cross them in an "X" at the back.
4. Hold the "X" in place with your right thumb and grab a section of hair from the front-left using your left hand.
5. Cross it over the "X" to meet the hair in your right hand.
6. Repeat the process on the right-hand side and alternate until you have a complete fishtail braid. Secure with an elastic.
7. Beginning at the end, roll the braid under until it meets the nape of the neck. Secure with pins.
8. Spray with hairspray and loosen the strands that frame your face to give it a little texture.