For Spring/Summer 2016, Marchesa returned to the New York Fashion Week calendar with another collection of reliably gorgeous, spendy gowns that are the envy of women everywhere and the possession of so few. Marchesa’s singular talent lies in whipping up fantasy creations for the red carpet, so, while we admire and gasp at all of the tulle, chiffon, and hand-beading, the reality is this: Marchesa is too exclusive for the average woman. But that’s the entire point.
Show notes spoke to this season’s theme, highlighting a presentation inspired by “a botanical menagerie of caged bird(s).” Perhaps the caged birds on the Marchesa runway were a metaphor for the kept woman. Regardless, the befrocked and feathered beauties that soared down the catwalk were a sight to behold.
The first crop of looks centered on painted-on bodices strapped with a complex network of beading and lace — a sly nod to the aforementioned “cage”. Other looks more overtly referenced the show’s theme, like one frosty-blue gown with a swirl of swan wings clinging to the bosom. Amid the fowl-formed looks were off-theme gowns in glamorous shades of ombré fuchsia and multi-colored layers of pastel ruffles. In true Marchesa fashion, the collection soaked up every adjective for stunning; when it comes to beauty, fans of this brand are spoiled for choice.
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