Marchesa RTW Spring 2011

Georgina Chapman delivered one statement-making confection after another, including a few appealing jumpsuits, in her “Orientalist-inspired” spring outing.



Let the red-carpet bidding wars begin. (Rachel Zoe was one of the first people let into the presentation.) Georgina Chapman delivered one statement-making confection after another, including a few appealing jumpsuits, in her “Orientalist-inspired” spring outing. Always one to err on the side of drama, Chapman opted for a more subdued palette than in past seasons — light blush, ivory, teal and mint — plus moodier moments in plum, midnight blue and ebony (and a painterly floral motif). Floor-length gowns oozed glamour with sweeping curves, exaggerated drapes and folds. Some standouts: a strapless rose tulle number swirled in horsehair-fortified black embroidery and a stunning two-tier midnight ball gown hand-painted with white blooms, with rippled organza appliqués at the waist and side. This time out, Chapman also worked in laser-cut details, slicing a doily pattern into the paperlike folds of a peach gown and an Ultrasuede cocktail look. Special, too, was the exquisite stone and bead embroidery strung together to form the yokes of several dresses, including a swingy mint baby doll and an embroidered lace look in white. There were also relatively simple moments to be found in cocktailwear, rendered in sexy lace and draped chiffon, sculpted organza or silk tulle — though with these, the drama was in the details.

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