How many ways can Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig spin their eveningfairy tale? For fall, they delved into the world of Charles Dickens’“Great Expectations,” specifically the decaying beauty of Miss Havisham,who acted as muse to at least one other collection this week. She was agood choice for the designers, whose decadent creations thrived withinthe context of that story line. It was a work of melancholy beauty. Thesilhouette was steeped in dark Victorian romance with sliver-thinmermaid dresses cut from the finest tulle, often done with jagged,unfinished hems. Chapman and Craig outdid themselves with theembroideries, elaborate 3-D laces that curled up the bodice and theshoulders on gowns long and short. Some looks were topped withoverflowing tulle veils for a sense of drama that was heightened by thegraphic contrast between black tulle and white lace or nude and red.

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