Category: Fashion / February 14, 2013 11:45 AM EST
Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman filled their Fall 2013 runway with gowns so gorgeous that they could upstage the competition on Oscar night.
The collection, which pushed the "Wow!" factor up a notch, was shown on Wednesday (February 13) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
A hot pink satin gown seduced the eye with a strapless bodice, draped like a tulip spilling over the edge of a vase. The gown's nipped waist and wide ballroom skirt commanded attention.
A slim black gown with gold embroidery encircling the torso projected drop-dead glamour.
The designers talked with Reuters Television before the show about their new look for fall.
Craig, the blonde half of the British design team, gave Chapman, her partner, credit for the new fall silhouettes.
"Georgina deconstructed a lot of more, sort of, structured pieces, so you're going to see some, sort of, jackets and structured pieces
and then a lot of her draping has become deconstructed."
Chapman said the inspiration for their collection came from Spanish painter Francisco Goya's 17th-century work called "Portrait of Maria Teresa de Vallabriga on Horseback." The painting shows a delicate woman in ethereal clothes sitting elegantly on a horse.
"And we took a lot of, Keren took a lot of the embroidery details from matador, from the matador trousers and the jackets, so you'll see a lot of thread work, a lot of pastels to golds and to more vibrant hues, but the palette stays very much in the Goya world of the rich reds, the blacks, and it's quite moody and intense."
The ultimate lady in red walked down the Marchesa runway in a red satin strapless gown with gold leaf embroidery and a fishtail train. The gown's slim skirt was hand draped at the hip like a lover's caress.
A tailored coat in red satin with a high collar and red floral thread work created a dramatic look, worn over burgundy trousers in silk wool.
Marchesa made some fashion news for fall by pairing a sheer red shirt with long sleeves under a red suede strapless cocktail dress that stopped just above the ankles.
The setting for Marchesa's fall runway show seemed just right for a collection inspired by a romantic painting: a gilt-trimmed hall inside the New York Public Library, a midtown Manhattan landmark.
The label's fall collection offered some looks with the potential to cross over from the red carpet to charity galas or brides with their own fashion flair: An ivory sheath gown with bright red embroidery, a slim gray gown with one strap falling languidly off the shoulder and a gray tulle column gown with sheer long sleeves.
The designers appeared to be slightly taken by surprise when asked what it is about Marchesa that makes so many women want to wear their gowns to the Oscars or other red-carpet events.
"Well, we hope everyone does," said Chapman, who is expecting her second child with her movie mogul husband, Harvey Weinstein.
Craig seconded that emotion.
"We feel very lucky. Very lucky that people do want to wear them," Craig said.
"But I think, you know, everyone wants to put on a dress and feel glamorous and beautiful, and hopefully we can do that to the women on the street to the actress, as well."
The Marchesa fall collection, with its luscious reds and lustrous blacks, appeared to be part of a small trend at New York fashion week. Italian lingerie label La Perla also cited Goya, the Spanish master painter, and his penchant for reds and blacks as the inspiration for its high-end line, which was shown last Thursday (February 7) on the first night of New York fashion week.
Spotted on the front row at the Marchesa show were singer Miley Cyrus and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will run for one more day in New York, wrapping up on Thursday (February 14), which also happens to be Valentine's Day.
For fashionistas, sweet dreams are made of this.
(Video Source: Reuters)