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New York Fashion Week Fall 2015: Marchesa

Angela Shen |
September 17, 2015 | 10:47 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter


Marchesa’s Spring/Summer 2016 show during New York Fashion Week brought a fairytale of poofy princess dresses, flowers, and birds to life with an elegant collection that didn’t shy away from exaggerated shapes and textures.

The show was set in the luxurious St. Regis Hotel under a ceiling full of chandeliers and to the track of smooth indie pop.  

The first few pieces all had sheer parts that included embroidery and other textures like feathers. These dresses were mostly black and white, and the draping was almost reminiscent of a swan’s appearance. Each frock had a unique shape, whether it was dramatic ruffles on the shoulders or a fitted waist that led to a long train of cascading tulle.

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Shorter dresses were often paired with shoes of a contrasting color (white with black or black with fuchsia). Most of the model’s hair was pulled back, though a few had high pigtails decorated with tulle to add dramatic effect to the dresses. Makeup was simple, with emphasis on rosy lips.

The next set of dresses brought a bold pop of color—fuchsia. These pieces had beautiful intricately decorated tops, and one had an ombré effect with black fading into fuchsia.

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The last dresses were all pale pastel colors, though they worked with numerous types of texture. Feathers, ruffles, beading, netting, three dimensional flowers—it was all there. Some had full skirts with long trains made of rainbow colored tulle ruffles, and on the less dramatic side, there was detailed beading and feathers on sheer, flowing material. Using different textiles made these beautiful dresses fun as well; those made completely of feathers and ruffles exuded just a bit of playfulness.

Anyone who loves fairytale vibes will enjoy Marchesa’s SS16 collection. The designers’ use of shape, materials, and embellishments create memorable pieces nothing short of a fashionable fantasy.

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