Marchesa; What’s Going On?

This year marks the tenth anniversary since Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig started their label, and in honour of the occasion, they traded in their usual spot in New York for a show at London Fashion Week instead; Marchesa had come home.

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And what a homecoming it was, set in the impressive banqueting halls on Whitehall, complete with Baroque décor historical presence. Before the show Chapman claimed, “This was always very much the dream;” and this entire affair shows just how much the seed of a dream can grow in just a decade.

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The show was opened by rockstar-daughter and model, Georgia May Jagger, who wore a white column of tiered tulle, lace and embroidery. “She really embodies the spirit of the new collection,” said Chapman. “It’s a little bit gypsy, a little bit Woodstock and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.”

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This was modern, glamorous bohemia at its best, with light, floral touches of lace and tulle tumbling around the models’ bodies as they walked. Many of the elegant floor-length gowns with their long, lean silhouettes are sure to be hanging in the vast wardrobe of some Hollywood starlet very soon; Marchesa are known for their beautiful red carpet looks, and I can’t wait to see who will be wearing these in the future.

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The trend for high-waisted, mid-length skirts paired with tops showing just a peek of midriff was visited from a most Marchesa angle, with dainty lace and layered skirts which transformed their wearer into a creature of fairy tale.

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My very favourite pieces, however, were those black lace gowns which were interspersed with sheer panels and floral details, giving just a glimpse of skin, or hinting at another lace baroque layer below. Marchesa may have come back to its London roots, but its designs were still firmly rooted in Hollywood red carpets and New York silver screens. Sparkling and achingly beautiful, the collection was a triumph.

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