Marchesa: Above & Beyond

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yesterday, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig wow’ed the crowd once again, with the presentation of Marchesa’s Fall 2011 collection. Swarms of stars (singers Eve and Ashanti, Vanessa Hudgens, Michelle Tractenberg) along with the usual supects of New York’s most fashionable (Linda Fargo, Olivia Palermo, Zanna Roberts Rassi, Fabiola Beracasa) were treated to visual bliss.

Swirling in and out of the make-shift “rooms” on the 2nd floor of an open loft, steps from the Westside Highway, the space was packed with eager onlookers and hopeful romantics (how can you not daydream of your fantasy wedding surrounded by these dresses?). However, the clutter of people was most definitely a beautiful chaos, not distracting from the talent and utter magnificence displayed on the living mannequins.

Champagne in hand, one woman proclaimed, “you can’t watch Marchesa without champagne”. AVENUEinsider agrees, it did just feel right…

The Fall 2011 collection oozes romance, typical of Marchesa. The looks were very ethereal—layers of tulle, lace detailing, frayed hemlines and intricate embroidery evoking the Victorian era. The bridal pieces were something of a fairy-tale, complete with delicate veils and extra large headpieces.

Others basking in the beauty of Marchesa included Chapman’s hubby Harvey Weinstein, Nina Garcia, Suzy Menkes, Stefano Tonchi, Satjiu Chahil, Tracy Stern, Phillip Bloch, Sybil Yurman, Irina Lazareanu and Erika Jayne.

Inspiration for this line was said to have come from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” and for sure, the collection went above and beyond AVENUEinsiders’ expectations.


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