TRENDS: Dress to Excess by Cristina Morozzi

Fashion and furnishings follow opposite paths in times of crisis: on the one hand the desire to amaze, on the other to take refuge in the past. Find out more in the article by Cristina Morozzi.

Fashion sets the tone with its ups and downs, while interior design follows along more cautiously. The principle of contrasts always applies in both sectors.


In times of crisis, fashion goes after excess with flashy styles, bright colours and elaborate patterns, even dusting off long evening dresses and 1950s glamour. Dressing up, even if parties are banned, brings comfort and lifts the spirits. In furnishings, heritage is the dominant trend. Companies are recreating historical pieces, and iconic designs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are causing an upswing in sales.


It is no coincidence that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, famous New York design gallery R & Company is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Verner Panton, a designer who created timeless pieces. Ornamentation is no longer a crime, as Adolf Loos once said. Baroque style is even trending, as is Neo-Baroque following the Barocco e Neobarocco festival in Ragusa in September 2021. More than just a style, the Neo-Baroque of today is an attitude of excess, complexity, discord and fluidity of lines that focuses on detail and even borders on kitschy, defined by French weekly magazine Elle as the new chic.

Cristina Morozzi