Decadent Draping: More is More as Marchesa Takes a Trip to Bollywood

By Jessica Barbanel September 13, 2012 12:05 PM EDT
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Georgina Chapman has never been known for her minimalist sensibility. And her Spring 2013 collection for Marchesa was no exception.

Taking inspiration from Bollywood, Chapman and co-designer Keren Craig incorporated opulent sari draping, fringe and embroidery in a stop-and-stare collection that was anything but subtle.

As always, there were countless showstopping numbers - like the white-and-gold draped gown with an embellished neckline (think Emmys) and the burgundy-and-gold structured strapless (think Oscars).

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But there were a few moments towards the beginning of the show that felt so literal - so exact - that we were half expecting Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra to show up. It's not that the pieces weren't beautiful. They were. But it was hard to imagine wearing some of the lavish pieces in everyday life.

Nevertheless, the palette and embellishment did feel deliciously decadent. We just have to come up with a place to wear the sumptuous stunners.



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