The Scene: Anna Kendrick, Sarah Paulson and Olivia Palermo were all seated front row, but none could compete with the attention lavished on Katie Holmes.
The Inspiration: The Scottish Highlands.
The Look: Inspired by traditional Scottish Highland dress, this season Marchesa offered its signature opulent eveningwear, but without the princess proportions and mountains of tulle and chiffon. Many of the looks were fitted and relied on surface embellishments and pleating for their high-impact effect (everything from floral and crystal embroidery to feathers and metallic accents). Better yet, there was a wide color palette and while the collection was cohesive, it offered enough to please a variety of after-dark tastes with off-the-shoulder pieces, strapless looks, long sleeve dresses, high-neck and single shoulder looks.
The Accessories: Strappy pumps, boots with belted details, pointed pumps with ankle straps, fur stoles, minaudières and small structured evening bags with chain straps.
The Beauty: Two hairstyles — one based on a bun and another based on cornrows — and a makeup look whose focal point was a graphic eyeliner line (read more about the beauty look here).
The Takeaway: We all know that Marchesa can do a princess dress like no other brand, so it was great to see Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig dazzle as effectively with elongated silhouettes.
All images: IMAXtree