There are many ways you could describe a Marchesa bride. She’s classic but cool, elegant but edgy and sweet yet spicy. Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig manage to tap into these varied facets of their brides’ personalities. Perhaps as women designers they relate to the many mysterious layers of women, but regardless of the multitude of moods, their collections manage to stay true to their design aesthetic, which is a fresh modern glamour that brilliantly marries a naïve sensibility with a true new sex appeal.
This season’s take on wedding design offers loads of soft tulles, silk chiffons, weightless laces and sexy satin-back crepes. Soft meets structure in draped asymmetric bodices, narrow columns with full beaded yokes and lace underpinnings that define the body under light layers of tulle.
The unique vision of the Marchesa girls gives brides one brilliant dress after another to chose from. A spectacularly simple crepe back satin column with a fully jeweled bateau neckline and sleeve culminates into a sweeping tulle Watteau train. If you love a ball gown, their clean tulle gown goes from simple to spectacular with a dusting of silver sequins as if this bride wandered into a storm of paillettes. The matching veil makes this look nothing short of genius.
A duo of soft Chantilly lace dresses was delightfully bohemian and romantic. A knee length flounced lace dress featured a quirky side-cascade skirt, tipping the idea of hi-to-low on its side. The long, high-neck lace column could make the perfect garden wedding dress, with its fluttery short sleeves, plunging back and tiered flounce train.
Remarkable as each dress was, the finale gown gave us a taste of something totally new and unexpected from Marchesa. This long sleeve lace and full gazar-skirted ball gown with matching floral lace headpiece was like the cool girl’s answer to the traditional wedding dress. Somehow we imagined that underneath this pristine confection, she’s wearing black fishnet stockings and her brand new Memento Mori tattoo. Classic, but forever cool.