Established in 2004 by British born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Marchesa has always been a synonym of femininity and elegance. Chosen and worn by many celebrities for their red carpet events, and by even more people for their weddings (like Nicole Richie), Chapman and Craig’s creations never disappoint their fan’s expectations (who may even watch Georgina Chapman herself in a Gossip Girl episode). Equally bedazzling and just perfect is the newest Marchesa spring/summer 2016 collection that comes filled with mind-blowing evening gowns we can’t wait to spot on the red carpet soon.
Unstoppable ever since their debut, Chapman and Craig met in a life drawing class when they were both students at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design. Ever since then they have continuously mesmerized us with their collections that quite often bear the influence of their favorite designers being Madame Grès, Madeleine Vionnet, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Furthermore, it is interesting to know that Marchesa is named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati, an eccentric Italian heiress who ‘wanted to be a living work of art’.
“A botanical menagerie of caged birds” is the inspiration behind the uber-feminine Marchesa spring 2016 collection, which seems to have been designed by fairies for girls that are real princesses at heart. The lineup, shown at New York Fashion Week, opened with a pair of black-and-nude Chantilly lace-beaded corset gowns, which give the collection’s caged bird theme a sexier hint (as well as philosophical ruminations). This more sensual way of interpreting the theme flows into all the sheer boudoir-inspired evening looks, reaching its highest point with the wholly sheer and peplum gown in black lace netting.
Although a great part of the collection might be thought-provoking, Chapman and Craig have also revealed their softer, dreamier and more delicate side unveiling some (un)conventional princess dresses. In fact, as the show goes on, we meet dazzling creations, each with a well-defined and strong personality. Feathers, applied gently over skirts and dresses (or, for example, over the neckline of a Grecian-style sheer tulle grown), suddenly become one of the most predominant distinguishing features of the collection, and definitely help achieving a more ethereal look.
Along with feathers, 3-D embroideries of flora and fauna imbue the lineup with contagious and sophisticated beauty; voluminous skirts, on their behalf, are nothing short of extravaganza, opening the doors to some ombré-dyed tiered tulle trains, which seem to be made of cotton candy.
Some of the gowns have been also decorated with back bows and lace-up detailing, while some dresses have been studded with metallic ornaments and others have a delicate boho chic attitude.
Alongside the princess-worthy gowns and cocktail dresses, Marchesa debuted its new footwear line of caged booties, suede cutout heels, and lace-up sandals, which surely made some eyes pop during the show. Drama, opulence and pure glamour: well done, Marchesa!
Photos courtesy of Vogue