Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig looked to the paintings of John Singer Sargent, channeling the seductive nature and luminous composition of his portraits. “We love the way he celebrates this very feminine, powerful woman. We were looking at each girl as her own portrait,” Chapman said backstage.
Indeed, the regal evening looks in the duo’s fall Marchesa lineup had range in a something-for-everyone sort of way — most of them opulent and bejeweled, and others, such as a lavender tulle Grecian-style gown, handled with more delicacy and restraint. Silhouettes, too, varied from indulgent princess shapes to narrow column gowns, the latter including a dusty blue sleeveless gown covered in ostrich feathers that floated through the air beautifully. Elsewhere, a pair of off-the-shoulder gowns trimmed with laser-cut organza flowers felt effortlessly sensual. Styled with crowns and decadent layers of jewelry, Marchesa’s girls certainly evoked the Edwardian-era opulence depicted in Sargent’s work.