Runway Report: Marchesa SS16

Always the belle of the ball (or at the very least the star of the red carpet), Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig displayed another mouth-dropping, uber romantic and ultra sexy collection thanks to their inspiration of caged birds and cascading florals at the St. Regis for Spring 2016.

It was almost like viewing their own version of the black swan. On the one hand there were angelic gowns made from sweeping hand-dipped Grecian tulle, wispy caplet sleeves encrusted with crystal embroidery, hand-cut 3D petals, yards of ombre dip-dyed tulle in dusty blues, soft mint and blush and tiers of satin-faced organza. On the other hand, there were seductively sensual gowns thanks to black chantilly lace, corset bodices with feather décolletage and black beaded diamond net lace that more often than not left very little to the imagination.

However in the end, it was when these two ideas were seamlessly woven together, (sometimes literally as seen with a menagerie of flying birds and botanical threadwork), careful to never overpower one way or the other, that created the greatest standout pieces. It was with embellishments and fabrics like laser-cut mirrored fragments, jeweled crystal birds, silk faille and laser-cut and corded floral silk that helped to create these exquisite gowns one after the other.



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