Marchesa Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 19, 2013

Inspired by Francisco de Goya’s “Portrait of Maria Teresa de Vallabriga on Horseback,” and bearing the Marchesa brand name, this collection was bound to be opulent and romantic, and it definitely did not disappoint on either front. It’s never subtle or underplayed with Marchesa; it’s always big: dramatic silhouettes, the very finest materials, impeccable craftsmanship. It’s all showy and attention-seeking, which is why we’d love to see plenty of these gowns on an Oscars red carpet. They’re perfectly suited for it and you can’t take your eyes off them.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Wow, that last punk number is a stunner. I love a lot of this.

    • MilaXX

       which one?

    • Sobaika

      I’m assuming you meant pink, and yes a runway showstopper. I assume it would look like wilting boobs on the red carpet though.

      • This is what happens when I try and post from my phone. Lol
        I did mean pink.

        • StellaZafella

           I dunno, the 5th row, center (blood red and gold) with the booties could be Baroque Punk.

    • Monday1900

      I get a real Charles James vibe off the pink one–but then he always was ahead of his time!

      • He is one of my idols. Bat shit crazy, but brilliantly talented.

  • Eh I think they’re gaudy and unstylish…the only girls who’ll wear these are the ones “compelled” to by Harvey Weinstein.
    Also, I see a lot based on the gorgeous McQueen that Chastain wore to the Oscars last year. All the black/gold dresses.

    • makeityourself

      Actually, I’ll go one more and say there’s some bad shit on that runway. And the ones that aren’t bad are just hilarious. Boob flaps, a lace poncho, pewter grey satin . . . Simply awful.

  • getting a little bit of an alexander mcqueen feel to some of these also.

  • mmc2315

    The first row is my favorite.  Not sure I’m a fan of the (overworked?) draping and folding of the fabrics on many of the gowns.

    • A. W.

      That stunning red number in the middle of the first row needs to get on my body. I adore a chicly executed mullet skirt.

      • Snailstsichr

         Yes – I can’t wait to see who wears that one!

        •  I hope it’s Tina Fey, although Tilda or Queen Helen Mirren could rock it like it’s nothing.

      • Derek_anny

         It looks like it might be a jacket.  and yes, it is beautiful.

  • Zippypie

    5th row center – it’s fun and a little more edgy and I like it.  Otherwise, it’s the same old overblown, overdraped badly in need of editing “pretty” dresses we usually see from Marchesa.  There are great elements here and there, but as a whole, it’s just too much in every garment.

    • would love to see Anne Hathaway in that.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


    • Derek_anny

       I rather like the giant-sleeves-looks-like-poncho next to it.  And the full skirt look in the row before and the first red jacket.  Other than that, yea, too much smushed origami.

  • As Tim would say – It’s a lot of look. I love Marchesa most of the time, but it takes a woman of equal stature and confidence to carry it off and many of these models don’t have it. They are completely lost in all that fabric. I hope they looked stronger on the runway.

  • MilaXX

    Last look, 2nd row – please put Swinton in it ASAP. These are all Marchesa pretty, but the bodice feels too low on all the strapless dress. I’d worry about any lady celeb who dares to wear one having a wardrobe malfunction. Even worse seeing one of the more generously endowed lady stars wearing it and looking ready to nurse the Academy.

    • wisenhar

      Personally, I thought of Tilda for the middle of the top row, but maybe it would be better for Jane Lynch?

      • MilaXX

        Jane’s not fashion-y enough for this collection.

        • wisenhar

          Are you saying that you don’t think she could pull it off or that she would just never pick it?  I think she’d look stunning in it.

          • MilaXX

            Jane is not particularly femme and I think she would look as uncomfortable in this as KStew does in some of the extremely girly looks they put her in. I do like the idea of Cate wearing it though.

      •  I agree – my first thought for the middle of the top row was Tilda or Cate.

      • Yup. I yelled out”Tilda!” at that one as well.

    • Alyssa

      I think Hathaway could rock that look as well…it’s my fave from this collection.

  • lehen

    really liking the 2nd row center and would love to see a print like that on the red carpet.

  • charlotte

    Amy Adams has probably pre-ordered all the grey dresses already. And perhaps there is a way to remove the color from the other ones?

  • Call me Bee

    Several of these are really stunning; the others are way too OTT…which, I guess, is a Marchaesa trademark, no?  Lots of Oscar-worthy gowns, but I tire of the fabric origami.  That works with some fabrics, but I think it makes the beautiful satins too chip-chip looking. 
    My fave is the black tea length with the full skirt and sheer sleeves. 
    (Can I just say I am very excited that the tea-length is back.  It is lady-like and extremely flattering to a well-turned ankle.)

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    There are way too many boob flaps in this collection (that will be criticized roundly when someone wears them on the red carpet — and someone will).  Marchesa kind of bores me.

    • dnmcdonald

      Agreed.  T & L used to loathe napkin dresses.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Last row; first: J Law
    Sixth row; first: I don’t know who, but someone needs to wear it.
    Seventh row; third: Ann Hathaway

    • I look forward to seeing someone in the 1st row – 3rd myself.  

  • I really love these. Typical Marchesa, but a little more “wearable” than a few seasons ago. 

  • 6th row, 1st picture. iCovet.

  • PeggyOC

    OMG, that red coat in the top row.  Stunning.

  • Io Vee

    Does anyone else really dislike the crimson? I don’t know why, but it really stands out to me, and not in a good way.

  • gabbilevy

    I was surprised how much I liked some individual pieces–usually Marchesa isn’t to my taste. The strapless wine-colored gown fourth row from the bottom, the red and black in the last row and the red in the second-to-last row, the coat in the top row stand out.

  • It’s weird, I’m seeing a lot of McQueen derivatives from the red carpet designer contingent–the FugGirls pointed out the Monique Lhuillier ones in one of their posts. Interesting, this Baroque theme seems to have more life in it than I would have guessed–even I did a portfolio project I called “Broke-co-co”, juxtaposing hipster and Rococo culture.

    • filmcricket

      There’s an astonishing amount of GroupThink even in high fashion, isn’t there? I never really realized that until I started paying attention. Lots of this is pretty, but I can’t think of one look here that I haven’t already seen somewhere else.

      • SewingSiren

        It has always been that way. In some ways even more so in the past. But since people are slightly more independent thinking in regards to the personal body type and silhouette these days. And slightly more resistant to extreme fluctuation in the hemline, the designers  (and magazine editors )are more reliant on decoration to bind seasonal trends together.

      • There’s a lot of playing off the same themes, I think, but it’s weird to see stuff just so obviously knocked off–very Project Runway move.

  • i like the contrasts in the first gown a lot;  the ethereal chiffon anchored by the golden embroidery.  in those gowns that are gathered, there’s some wonkiness here or there that throws me off.  love the pants — i actually DO like that lucy ricardo extravagant-floorlength-gown/overcoat/thingie over pants, as long as the pants are short, and so those are working for me better than other examples on the site lately.  and almost all of the embroidered pieces are made lovely by their embellishments, i think.

    • Sweetpea176

       I was wondering if I was the only one who was reminded of Lucy by that look.  I loved Lucy in it, and I love it here, too. 

  • PastryGoddess

    Surprisingly little floof in this collection.  Usually it’s tiers upon tiers of tulle.  I like it and want all of the red dresses

  • That fushia dress is outstanding….. who ever wears it on the red carpet better do it the justice it deserves!

  • So overdone with all the brocade. I guess I can maybe see a Kidman or Tina Fey moment or two, but it would take someone with subtlety to make a lot of these fussy things work. I think I like the big pink moment best.

  • mjude

    how lovely.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the sheer ( organza, chiffon, tulle) bishop sleeves. Also the short satin jackets.

  • How many must I kill to get my hands on that red coat up top?

  • I like the ones that are a little off the beaten path – the coat dress in row 1, the sheer button down shirt layers, the renaissancey jacket in row 5.

  • ankali

    Best Marchesa collection in ages. I’m glad they’re over the fungal lace and allergy to color.

  • MissAmynae

    Better than the sheer/tulle/lace that they’ve focused on lately, but I’m still only whelmed. McQueen did the gold brocade better on both black and red, and I’m so tired of satin napkin dresses. I’d love to have seen more like Row 2 center, and the multicolor embroidery overall. 

    All that aside, that red coat is gorgeous.

  • ConnieBV

    That grey one on the left third row from bottom has Mirrentastic potential. Elle Fanning=middle one in second row from top, and the first one reeks of Florence Welch.

  • The collection does a nice job of referencing Spain without being too on the nose about it.  Some of the silhouettes veer a bit too 80’s for my taste (perhaps it’s the shape combined with this shiny fabric that’s giving the impression?) but overall, it’s quite nice and relatively muted for this designer’s aesthetic.  

  • EEKstl

    I see that pink satin on someone come Sunday evening.  Anne Hathaway typically goes for a slimmer silhouette, but this would look stunning on her.

  • While there’s still quite a bit of reliance on the fabric pleating & folding (and let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Marchesa without it), this is much more toned down than the last several collections.  Like it quite a bit.

  • Roosevelt 85

    WAY too much Dolce & Gabbana and HEAVY McQueen Fall 2010 Baroque influenced style. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    This is a whole load of “Girl, That Is Not Your Dress” posts waiting to happen.

  • barbarienne

    Give me all of row 5!

    I have an intense dislike of that fold-over men’s-style collar, particularly when there’s a visible button-down placket. Row 4, left side is kind of interesting because of the invisible (if any?) placket. I can live with it on row 2, left side, because the embroidery on that bodice is so amazing and the collar is working with it.

    Is the puffy purple thing in the center of row 6 supposed to be so big? It looks like the model is swimming in it.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like that color red (the darker one) that they’ve used, at least as it appears on my screen, enormously!  The few pieces that are not Too Much for Me are lovely.

  • B_C_J

    Some of these gowns are overworked and will easily overpower a wearer who lacks confidence and strength but there is no denying the femininity that underlies the collection. The first gown is especially beautiful – ethereal  yet imposing. 

  • libraangel

    o.k. Georgina C.: all is forgiven for your remarks on PR All Stars: these are beautiful!

  • DarkWillow

    Some of this is gorgeous, but who wears it other than celebrities who appear on red carpets? How does Marchesa make any money with what must be an incredibly limited customer base, is what I’m asking.

  • rhl25

    I would like to live the kind of life where that red coat-dress was acceptable day-wear.

  • Buffy

    I love all of these.  They seem toned down for Marchesa which is a good thing!  More of this please Georgina

  • Anniebet

    Luscious. Exquisite. I’m turning green.

  • Editorials will be all over this.

  • Fifth row left: Tilda Swinton, Oscars 2013

  • quiltrx

    Unlike most of my fellow BK’s, I’m ALWAYS a Marchesa fan (except when they veer into ‘excessive tulle’ territory)…but I love this even more than usual!

    And the way that red coat in the first row hangs is just incredibly gorgeous.  I need one in grey or black (can’t wear that red with my complexion), please!

  • Flora O

    That. Red. Coat.

    Also, the grey cape. For when I’m feeling shy.

  • littlemac8

    After yesterday’s hilarity with Chloe, I’m nominating ELLEN to wear that pants getup!!!

  • Frank Lithium

    This is giving me life, MUCH better than Siriano’s collection.

  • *YAWN* Kinda predictable. 

  • yes, please.

  • SugarSnap108

    I love the red and gold, fifth row center (though not wild about the weird open-toe shoe-booties. Shooties?).  It’s also the only strapless one here that is low but not quite in the danger zone.  Most of the other looks are just way overdone, IMO.

  • sleepycat

    Now to be rich, skinny, and a girl. I need this collection

  • afabulous50

    First row – middle look – Cate Blanchett written all over it…

  • Coat in the first row: I can’t stop seeing Jillian from Project Runway Season 4

  • Louise Bryan

    High-low hem over capri pants?  Purple sack dress falling off the shoulders?  A few really sour notes and some pretty dresses.  Not my cup of tea.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Such old-school glamour and fantasy; such prettiness!

  • Holy Mother of God, that first dress just took my breath away.