Marchesa Resort 2013 Collection

Posted on June 22, 2012

Darlings, here’s your pretty to close out the week. It might be a surprise to see such a toned-down collection coming from the normally more exuberant Marchesa, but once you find out it was all inspired by English garden parties, it makes much more sense. Pretty, romantic, elegant, and chic. Have fun pretend-trying things on, darlings.




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  • kimmeister

    Wow, that’s some fancy resort.

    This might be the best Marchesa collection I’ve ever seen.

    • Amy Ellinger

      Exactly. It’s so much better than the last few. Really lovely.

  • Even when it’s toned down for Marchesa I find it way too fancy and overdone for a resort collection, some of the pieces are truly beautiful though.

    • Abigail Speltz

      They are beautiful, but I’d like to see the resort where you’d wear dresses like this. Clearly I’m not living right. 

      • meowing

        Even toned down, it’s 33 1/3% too much frippery for me.

        • Yeah, especially that giant flower embroidery… looks very dated.

          • Those pieces are actually what I like best!

          • Well, diversity is what makes life beautiful, right? 😉

          • LilyPad

            “Dated” was the first word that popped into my head upon viewing this collection. “Prom” and “soap opera” were the next.

  • LilyDurona

    One the one hand, lovely.  The first dress is my favorite!  On the other hand, I’ve already lived through the 1980s.  My mother wore that long pink dress to my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah in LA in 1988.

  • I don’t normally like Marchesa, but the white dress on the far right in the 6th row…gorgeous!

  • Synnamin

    Ehhhh…. not feeling it. A lot of it reminds me of Grandmother-of-the-Bride dresses.

    • michelle shields

      was thinking that also

  • rougeort

    I love the sculpted magenta pieces soooooo much… 

  • well, that structured rose one on the top might be incredible on the right girl.

  • j_anson

    Reminds me of coloring books I had as a kid. In a good way, though. Pretty.

  • Imasewsure

    I can’t see anything but Prada right now, thanks to those two glorious posts from today but I do like the first and the last dresses (and that’s a lot more than usual for me for Marchesa).

  • MilaXX

    It’s mostly feels a bit 80’s. I think the first short, white dress has a modern feel, but the 7th is screaming JLo,  the 14th feels very similar to the dresses Jane wore to Cannes and 17 would have Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan fighting for it. That last dress could go to any of the divas that love the body hugging look. I guess it’s a thing now, but I’ not looking forward to the shoulder pad look returning.

    • Lilak

      Yay! A kindred spirit (had to scroll through a surpising lot of Marchesa love to find you)!

    • minnye

      Are those shoulder pads or puffed sleeves? Either way, guaranteed to give the linebacker look unless worn by a waif.

  • lamamu

    That must be one fancy resort where Georgina Chapman hangs out. Lovely, though.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Imelda sleeves.

    • My thoughts exactly! Wonder who else will relate to this.

  • Hands-down my favorite Marchesa collection ever. There is some hard-core fabulosity at work in some of these looks.

  • m0r0

    Can anyone else find the dress that Madame used to wear? That is Waylon Jennings and Madame. Marchesa’s version is sans turban, of course.

    • norseofcourse

      Wayland Flowers. Haven’t thought about him in years! An integral part of my childhood, along with Paul Lynde and JoAnne Worley.  

    • cmb92191

      Waylon Jennings is a country singer.  Wayland Flowers is the ventriloquist.   I remember Wayland and Madame on Hollywood Squares.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

     I’d love to see Florence Welch in that teal caftan-thing. The color would sing on her and it still has the 70’s floaty/grand-dame vibe she seems to love so much.

    A lot of it is too fussy for me personally, but I do like the large floral embroidered/beaded prints. Some nice shapes on the simpler gowns as well.

    • AmyAW

      I saw that dress and wondered if GC hired Michael Costello. But I do agree that the color would be FAB on Flo.

  • gabbilevy

    A Marchesa collection I actually love? Never thought I’d see the day!

  • Daenyx

    I like it much better than I normally like Marchesa – most of the gowns are gorgeous, and I’d kill for that blue one with the varied-length hem.  The folded-napkin dresses all look heavy and kinda out of place, though.  

  • sleepycat

    I love it, favorite collection from them by far

  • These are some really gorgeous pieces. She needs to stick to the resort – toned down Marchesa=perfection. 

  • minnye

    I really hope the black bell sleeved gown & the royal blue caped one next to it are picked up by actresses more on the “mature” end of the spectrum. They are so gorgeous without being dowdy in the least and the upper arms would be covered without being obvious about it.

    On another note, the model must have had a sore neck at the end of the day. That pose looks uncomfortable.

  • kikisayshi

    I love the short-sleeved dresses. It’s hard to make those look elegant and modern without looking old-ladyish or just ugly. I can see just about any of these on the red carpet.

  • Lauren Field

    These dresses should be up for the- guess who would wear this- posts (like the numerous shoe posts previous). I can see many of them being killers on the red carpet- but as opposed to some collections, many of these could be rocked by very different persons

  • Betcha that last one has a post-it somewhere on it that says, “This one’s for you, Anne Hathaway.”

  • MightyMarshal

    So wait. Rich people wear this to resorts? They must be miserable. Poor rich people. They can’t even a bikini and a sarong while at a resort. They must be so tortured by their riches and obligations.

    All joking aside, it’s a very pretty collection. Slightly dull and not even slightly resort even through the fashion lense but still pretty. Very played down for Marchesa.

    • guest2visits

      I haven’t figured out yet what the designers mean by ‘resort’.  Is there truly enough people in that parallel universe
      that every designer MUST create a special line for ?

  • kcarb1025

    The instagram filter is really annoying, makes it hard to tell which looks I like.

  • Lina_bee

    Yeah, this isn’t “resort” at all, but I imagine we’ll see most of these on the RC come awards season. About 75% of them are actually wearable, too! Looks like they’re getting back to making dresses people will buy.

  • frankystein123

    Finally, a model who doesn’t look like a hard-core drug abuser. Oh, the collection is completely fab by the way.

  • Roosevelt 85

    Ugh….pretty but I wonder which one Jennifer Goodwin, Blake Lively, and Elizabeth Banks will choose to ruin.

  • SusiePamudji

    I can’t remember the last time I loved a Marchesa collection. All these pieces are gorgeous.

  • Charmella…a DIVA at large!

    Beautiful…and since I pretend to be Shelley O’s stylist, I can see her in at least four of these pieces, especially the magenta.

  • Am I the only one seeing “Ode to Nolan Miller” from this collection?
    Yeah it’s toned down some, but there are some serious Crystal Carrington looks here.

  • I expect to see the dresses on the red carpet in 3, 2, 1…

  • Never would have thought to see “English garden party” and “resort” and in the same sentence.

  • 80s English Garden party, apparently. Not really liking this one. 

    • The 5th and 6th row long dresses and the black cocktail one feel really like late 80’s.The shiny floral “glamour” is really exagerated and feel suspended in time (in a really bad way).

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  • quiltrx

    This is so beautiful!!!  Obviously a “what to wear at dinner” resort collection, no daytime outing stuff here.  But who cares?  It’s Marchesa.

    I like every single piece, but the black gown with floral overlay is my very favorite.

  • kingderella

    very cute. i wish they used less white, because the colours they chose are gorgeous.
    seriously LOVE the little black coat (mini dress?) with the white flower print.

  • unbornfawn

    Too 80’s.

  • I like it very much, but I would imagine that several of those gowns, while perfectly lovely, would draw the dreaded “mother-in-law of the bride” criticism, if worn at a Hollywood event.

    • Qitkat

      I’ve never quite understood the implied insult here. I have fulfilled this role twice, and believe me, I spent a great deal of time searching for an appropriate dress, something flattering, youthful but not overly so, and most of all pretty, keeping in mind the bride’s gown and her colors, so that I would look good with everyone, including the mother of the bride who generally gets first dibs at the color she will wear, and not picking a style which was out-of whack with the other women in the wedding party. Those pictures are forever. It’s far from an easy task.

  • Puckndc

    Beautiful stuff….Alexis Carrington lives!

  • TSkot

    Love the top dress, but (YAWN) nothing new here.  

  • It’s like “Alexander McQueen by Carolina Herrera”. LOVE IT

  • For the socialite on holiday who needs options for taking an audience with UAE royalty.

  • ccm800

    total poolside garb.
    Gorgeous stuff though

  • guest2visits

    Yes; I’m wearing many of these in my pretend adventures around the world.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Such restraint form Marchesa! Fabulous. Love the black & white coat. 

  • marilyn

    Not a clunker in the bunch!  Kudos Marchesa!

  • crash1212

    Well blow me down. I actually LIKE a Marchesa collection…well much of it. Whodathunkit?

  • TomBord

    Tiz a bit all over the place! 
    And can we just make a new fash rule that feathers belong on birds and/or the bird-brained? 
    Thank you.

  •  Me thinks they have Cathy Cambridge in mind for these! I’d love to see her in the hot pink ruffly strapless 8th row down, left.  With her lovely hair up, of course.

  • I inwardly groaned when I saw the post title, but surprise! I love the collection.

  • afabulous50

    Beautiful – but, could they have found more bitchier looking models??  Plus, when are designers going to realize that we can’t really see white clothes against a neutral background???

  • it’s so marchesa- american embodiment of beauty. 

    this is kitsch in europe. 🙂

  • I love this!  So much better than all those dresses that explode.  See Georgina, you can tone it down and still be beautiful!

  • Judy_J

    Very nice.  I’m more a fan of the streamlined designs.

  • EEKstl

    Quite lovely.  Pic #21 (the white with the gold netting and white feathers) is really quite a stunner.

  • I love that there are a few Helen Mirren pieces in with the Pretty Young Girl pieces. And I adore that silver-and-black suit. 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    This collection feels a bit more mature, which is nice to see, as most fashion looks as if it is targeted towards younger adults.

  • M Carlson

    What a beautiful collection.

  • tereliz

    It’s elegant, it’s wearable, it’s… Marchesa?! Crazy. Love that last gown. Angelina is gonna love that turquoise caftan, lol. 

  • Third dress, top row: FLOTUS.

  • Marchesa Resort sounds like an oxymoron.