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Marchesa Spring 2012 Runway Review

In the ultra-luxe Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig staged their first ever runway show that was, as expected, pure fantasy. The move from presentation to runway was a shrewd one for the brand because it’s often difficult to imagine their artful red carpet confections moving well. Slipped onto the bodies of, among others, Karen Elson, Karolina Kurkova, and Charlotte Free they did just that.

Inspired by the sea – the designers singled out a painting, Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom, by Ilya Repin and sea life drawings by Ernst Haeckel – the collection featured sculptural gowns made with sheer tulle, layers of chiffon, fringe, lace, and careful hand-embroidery, each more exquisitely fanciful than the next.