New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Imaginative Opulence at Marchesa

September 16, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10


Marchesa is the watchword for women who want evening gowns that are opulent and three dimensional. This year Georgina Champman went above and beyond to deliver on the brands aesthetic, combining inspiration from Madame Butterfly with the Far East. Despite an unusual-sounding pairing, the two looks synced well. Stiff origami pleating spilled down some dresses as intricate beadwork swirled up others. The collection featured Asian-themed embroidery and laser-cut flowers, but indulged Chapman's passion for draped fabric as well. And the painstakingly details went beyond the dresses to include hand-painted tattoo hosiery, feathered eyelashes and custom-made Christian Loubiton shoes.

The color palette nodded to both the softer and brighter sides of spring, with a soothing mint alongside lush lilac and fuchsia.

Color Palette: Black, white, mint green, lilac, fuchsia

Fabrics & Textures: Tulle, chiffon, crepe, satin, embroidery, horsehair, crystal embellishments

Key Looks:
Hand-painted satin obi coat; Black and white sculpted laser-cut gown; White, one-shoulder Grecian gown with origami detailing;

—Becky Ellis

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