Marchesa has done exactly what they do best - created a formal wear collection that makes the viewers wish, more than anything, that we could go to the Met. ball or Oscars, just for an excuse to wear one of these awe-inspiring pieces. Marchesa creates collections which bring us to another era. While last year's Fall RTW collection included many of the same elements emphasized this year (lace bodices, tulle and mini skirts), the feel of the collection is entirely Gothic - bringing the audience down to the Medieval Era, rather than this entirely airy and Victorian-inspired collection. The femininity of the lace, tulle, and ball gowns are perfectly contrasted with the austerity of the metals and harsh, almost miss-matched, embroidery. Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig's collection was unsurprisingly inspired by William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s nineteenth-century painting A Soul Brought to Heaven, to which we relate it as the models walk down the runway in the refreshingly light tulle, lace and even, at times, feathers. In fact, it is impossible to not imagine them soaring as goddesses through the clouds. One thing at least is for sure - if I were dressing a celeb for red carpets this year, Marchesa would be at the top of my list.
All photos borrowed from Vogue.