It doesn't get more glamorous than Marchesa's Fall 2012 show.
Set at the Plaza Hotel, guests first had to make their way through the clump of paparazzi waiting on the red carpet for a peek at Taylor Momsen, Stacy Keibler and Olivia Palermo. It felt more like an A-list awards show than a fashion show--which makes sense since we're betting more than a few of Marchesa's gorgeous and dramatic gowns will make their way onto the red carpet soon--like Oscar's soon.
Once everyone was seated in the gold dinner chairs in one of the Plaza's most luxurious event spaces, the show began. Models entered through a gold-and-mirrored doorway, helped down the small set of steps by a pair of dapper gentlemen, like debutantes from a bygone era. The line sheet said the designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were inspired by William-Adolphe Bouguereau's famed 1878 portrait, “A Soul Brought to Heaven.” And as the New York Times' Eric Wilson pointed out, there was some Alexander McQueen in there, too. In any case, there were many Baroque elements in the collection, and while the hand embroidered lace bodices, as well as the gold brocade sculptural frocks did remind us of McQueen's Fall 2010 collection, they also seemed like a natural development for the brand's aesthetic.
It's hard to pinpoint our favorite gowns because, in all seriousness, the whole collection was such a decadent visual feast. To name just a few, there were voluminous ball gowns in red, white and gold, whose billowy skirts were so large they literally swept the feet of those in the front row. Of those, we'd have to say that the white, feathered confection, a very Swan Lake number, was probably the most striking--though the strapless gold number was also quite dramatic.
There were also a number of more form-fitting gowns, like a gorgeous gold floor-length dress with incredible draping detail, as well as a number of delicate, floaty lace gowns. The shorter frocks, though less dramatic, were still perfect and Fanning-friendly.
Marchesa's gowns are so expertly crafted, they've even won over self-professed grunge-y badass Taylor Momsen. "Every collection they do is so beautiful," the starlet told us before the show, clad in one of the brand's black lace frocks. "They haven't failed once. And that's amazing in design to be able to continually put out something amazing every season."
Momsen also told us that we can expect to see some of their work popping up in a music video of hers soon. "In a music video [I shot] just tonight I wore all Marchesa dresses," she told us. "Well, except for the latex one."
"They don't do latex," she added with a laugh.
No, they most certainly do not.