|Film Noir Editorial in Vogue July 2011.|
Now Maximal -- That's what I'm interested in. With my obsessive, all-or-nothing personality, the maximal trend illustrates the extremes of all fashion trends: Neo-expressionism, new Retro, Play, Chroma Scope, and Girlish Charm. Rather than a wide range of on-trend accessories needed [Film Noir], Maximalism depends on a few standout pieces. And of course, the more, the better.
Now, love her or hate her, Katy Perry is probably the best representation of the Maximal trend. She loves to go all out with her outfits and accessories, which is really the only way to essentially capture the trend.
Here are a few of Katy's Looks that accurately represent each variation of maximalism:
|NEO-EXPRESSIONISM: Katy Perry performs with Nicki Minaj and Keri Hilson.|
"Neo-expressionism emerged in the late 70s and 80s as a reaction to minimal precedents. Bored with the work or their predecessors, artists filled their work with color, patterns, and symbols that reflected the mayhem and vibrancy of the downtown New York they called home."
|NEW RETRO: Katy Perry wears a 50s-inspired silhouette.|
"Campaigns, ads, and packaging are swinging toward a retro innocence and adding modern digital technology into recreated analog designs."
|PLAY: Katy Perry adds playfulness to her performance with a Manish Arora merry-go-round dress.|
|GIRLISH CHARM: Katy Perry's girlish charm shines through with her pastels, classic silhouettes, and youthful umbrella.|
|CHROMA-SCOPE: Everything from Katy's outfit is larger than life -- her hair, the bold cut of the dress, and the glitter.|