Thursday, December 20, 2012

Designer Spotlight: Marchesa

From left to right, top to bottom:
Olivia Wilde, Eva Longoria, Miley Cyrus, Kate Beckinsale, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Selan Gomez, Beckinsale, Blake Lively, Halle Berry

Marchesa has always been a big hit on the red carpet and with A-List celebrities- and for good reason. Its intricate craftsmanship and whimsical details make its audience and wearer feel enchanted, as if in a romantic and mesmerizing high-fashion dream. 

Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig

However, it wasn't until just watching Project Runway Spotlight: Marchesa tonight on TV that made me want to delve further into the fashion house founded by Project Runway judge Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. While the beautiful Georgina conjures the themes and designs, as a former costume designer, Keren is the mastery behind the print and embroidery design. The pairing between Georgina's draping and design paired with Keren's textile creations has birthed itself into one of the most well-known couture brands that we know today.

Marchesa Casati

Marchesa was inspired by The Marchesa Luisa Casati, early 20th century's most eccentric and notorious Italian heiress and muse. She has been known to declare, I want to be a living work of art. And she was. Her extravagance and boldness was the talk of town in Europe for almost three decades. She accessorized outfits by parading around with leashed cheetahs and live snakes as necklaces and traveled far and wide to different countries to collect palaces and exotic animals. She even had her servants attend to her completely nude, except for gold leaf accents. 

Check out Marchesa's latest collection, their Spring 2013 line channeling their inner Indian goddess:

Inspired by India's rich colors, elaborate beadwork, intricate embroidery and draped fabric, Marchesa modernized the exotic country's daily wear into something sexy and modern with the shortened hemlines, low necklines and exposed midriff. Sure some of the pieces were a little unreasonable, like the embroidered gold pants with the chiffon top over it, but I found the details too beautiful to ignore. Out of the 34 runway looks, I included my favorites above. 

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