We consider this collection a departure for Marchesa and designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. The Marchesa brand is defined by its exuberance and embellishments, and that’s certainly still likely to be true in light of this collection. But there’s a sense of maturity and even – dare we say it? – restraint to these looks, which were inspired by India in the 1960s, and The Beatles friendship/collaboration with The Maharishi. This is how you do cultural appropriation. A lesser designer would have gone a far more literal route, but these looks truly embody the phrase “inspired by.” There’s no question that these are Indian-inspired, but it never devolves into folk costuming. Oh, sure; a couple of these looks display the Marchesa trait of never saying “enough” when it comes to a design, but for the most part, we found the looks to be incredibly beautiful, respectful of the original culture, and chic. Marchesa’s a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet, so we’re very curious to see how some of these looks are going to be translated for that particular venue.
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