Marchesa Fall 2013: Out of a Painting and Onto the Runway

Whether we're talking about the floor sweeping gowns or the A-list packed front rows, Marchesa always knows how to put on a show with a capital S. As for the front row, it was slightly less sparkly. No Kimye this time. Though Miley Cyrus is no B-lister. The clothes, however, were as dramatic and romantic as ever.
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Whether we're talking about the floor sweeping gowns or the A-list packed front rows, Marchesa always knows how to put on a show with a capital S. As for the front row, it was slightly less sparkly. No Kimye this time. Though Miley Cyrus is no B-lister. The clothes, however, were as dramatic and romantic as ever.
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Whether we're talking about the floor sweeping gowns or the A-list packed front rows, Marchesa always knows how to put on a show with a capital S.

As for the front row, it was slightly less sparkly. No Kimye this time. Though Miley Cyrus is no B-lister.

The clothes, however, were as dramatic and romantic as ever.

Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were inspired by eighteenth-century romanticism, particularly a painting by Francisco de Goya titled Portrait of Maria Teresa de Vallabriga on Horseback. The eveningwear--gowns in red, grey and black, often with gold or floral embroidery--did indeed look as if they'd stepped out of an eighteenth-century oil painting, and would have looked right at home at the ornate costume balls of that era.

Of course, they'll also look very at home on the red carpet--where we'll no doubt be seeing them as awards season continues to heat up. The more ornate, ethereal gowns--ones with intricate gold embroidery and delicate tiers of sheer fabric--were some of my favorites. The clear highlight of the show was a gorgeous fuchsia strapless gown, which floated down the runway like an enormous flower.

One of the biggest surprises on the runway was something rather mundane: This season designers Chapman and Craig included trouser looks in their collection. Of cousre, these were pants done the Marchesa way: Silky, embellished and glamorous. It wasn't daywear, but it was a notch below their usual formalwear. Perhaps the brand's new contemporary line has given the designers a taste for the more versatile.

Photos: IMAXtree