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  • marchesa s2011rtw
    new york NEW YORK

    meenal MISTRY: …it was the dresses—literally breathtaking—all exquisitely wrought this season with orientalist-inspired details: heavily bejeweled necklines, hand-painted florals on rolling sculptural drapes, and grand obilike loops that were revealed when a model turned. Amid the gowns were a few harem-panted jumpsuits. Cut in lace and finished with little bolero jackets and jewel-crusted clutches, they didn’t exactly read casual.

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  • marchesa f2010
    new york NEW YORK

    meenal mistry: there will be lace. and sculpted organza, floaty feathers, beading, and draped tulle. for a few seasons now, queen of the red carpet georgina chapman has refined marchesa’s signatures to a flawlessly executed fine point. that’s not to say that the label remains at a standstill, however. fall was inspired by the performer and courtesan lola montez and her travels and quest for love, chapman said. compared with last season’s occasionally stiff references to madame butterfly, there was a welcome sense of whimsy, with a feeling of girlish romance in shooting-star embroideries as well as in a dress in cotton-candy tulle, its puff shaped only by a length of black grosgrain ribbon.

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  • s2010rtw
    new york NEW YORK

    meenal MISTRY: penélope cruz, diane kruger, kate beckinsale, rachel weisz, kerry washington, ali larter, sharon stone, bar refaeli. that’s a list of women who, in a single month this year, all wore dresses designed by georgina chapman. so why do they love marchesa? “do you know what? i don’t actually know, but i’m so glad they do,” laughed chapman at today’s chelsea art museum presentation.

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