If and when I am asked the inevitable fashion stylist question – “Who is your favourite fashion designer?” – Marchesa is always the first name that comes to mind.
Inspired by the sea (“Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom” by Ilya Repin and sea life drawings by Ernst Haeckel), the Spring/Summer 2012 collection couldn’t have left me on a bigger high. It was Marchesa; sculptural, thoughtful, fanciful and unique. Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman have found the perfect partners in each other, as the neutral-heavy collection was so multi layered (tulle, embroidery, mesh, draped organza) it felt like four couture collections in one. They defy gravity and drop jaws all at once. View Post
Though it’s somewhat of an impossibility, Charles Dickens’ Miss Havisham was Miss New York during the beginning of Fashion Week-age, being confirmed as the muse for Prabal Gurung and Marchesa. Speaking of the latter, designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have stolen my heart yet again. They used every trick in the book, and then created some of their own. I mean….holy corsetry/tulle/embroidery – I am coveting the chance to see these out of their halcyon presentation. The top five looks are below! View Post
and Georgina Chapman
knocked themselves out again with gravity-defying dresses (a Marchesa
staple at this point), laser-cut fabrics, and embroideries so royal they would have looked grand in the Topkapi Palace
. Like many of their peers (such as Rodarte
), the designers showed harem-pant jumpsuits for evening; will we see celebrities crossing over from gowns to dhoti-pants
on the red carpet?
In any case, there are enough mind-boggling confections for Marchesa’s starlet fans to choose from – mostly in white, cream, and blush (all proving vastly popular colors for Spring) – with details in lace, teased and gathered chiffon, and sparkling webs of jewels. A black-and-white ombré tulle hand-painted gown with a skirt the width of a crater was a definite crowd pleaser. Closer to the end, there were deep, rich colours – painted with Spring flowers – in purple iris and midnight blue. Accessories obviously consisted of Christian Louboutin‘s fantastical creations – mostly shoe-boots and heavily embroidered sandals which were all made to match the gowns. These were paired with Marchesa clutches. What will they cultivate next season? One can only marvel. Hence the photo overload. Don’t hesitate to grab a glass of vino and click on everything.