Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are celebrities in their own right as the wildly successful co-designers of one of the hottest labels in Hollywood: Marchesa. Let's get right to the point - their creations for the red carpet (and the odd wedding gown, of course) are absolutely breathtaking; simply stunning works of art. Embellishments are applied just so, never overdone and always evoking a fantasy element.
The average, non-Hollywood personality (and a generally high-income one, at that), are looking for some version of that for real life - whatever that may mean. Which is why going to a Marchesa ready-to-wear show is all the more interesting to see how this power duo bring their feminine fantasy approach to a more practical, pedestrian level.
Their Fall 2015/16 effort in New York brought everyone back to the roaring '20s. And boy, did they get it right. We were introduced to their version of the red poppy, made of sheared feathers appliqued onto a beautiful A-line gown. Their more 'casual' looks of shift tops were still adorned with these gorgeous poppies with heavy fringe trim thrown in to further emphasize a '20s influence. While the fringe detail was a little unexpected, the beadwork and micro pleats in a number of the dresses were signature Marchesa.
The collection was at its best when showcasing layered fringe dresses and such looks like the blue smoke pleated tulle number. What Marchesa is beginning to tell us is that while their looks will always be beautiful, we're starting to see hints of sexiness shine through (if the open-weave macrame is any indication).