Marchesa Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 13, 2013

“Playful curiosities” was the phrase used to open the show notes, alongside a whole host of even better descriptions – silk fringe…swinging pearl…delicate tulle…lace cut-out bralets…loose silk organza…exquisite embellishments…silk ribbon roses…lace butterflies…vintage gold and silver re-embroidered lace … handpainted 3D flowers … dip-dyed featherplumes…mother-of-pearl buttons…lace detailed lingerie … point d’esprit skirts…. handmade organza flowers – that, along with these pictures do a far better job of giving you the full Marchesa experience than we ever could. It’s always more with Marchesa. More frippery and embellishment; more romanticism and fantasy; more, well, flowers and butterflies. The result is never boring and always takes your breath away just a little bit.






[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Clueless_Jock

    Hmm. Undecided.

  • SewingSiren

    She’s not covering any new ground here design wise. But I love the use of opaque white and grey stockings with a lightly darker .

  • clatie

    I don’t know. Not much of a Marchesa fan, but there is usually at least one look that makes me stop and stare for a moment or two. Didn’t get that from any of these.

  • Even when I like it, I don’t.

    • StellaZafella

      The 2nd from the last is so Erte I could swear I remember the original poster…but I have no desire to actually spend an evening in 40lbs of Christmas Tree trimmings.

      Georgina’s into trimmings and Bradon’s into overworked “techniques” … the two of them should get together and embellish themselves into oblivion.

      • demidaemon

        That’s really scary. And doesn’t this all read Uli from PR-All Stars lite? That’s all I could think of throughout the whole thing.

    • EveEve

      “Ooohh..,.I want one of each!” Said Rooney Mara…never.

  • stellamaris73

    Step away from the notions department, Georgina.

    Frippery and gewgaws.

    • oatmealpie

      This is the fripperiest collection ever.

    • aeb1986

      I haven’t even been following fashion very long and when I see this collection I think “of course.’

  • Laurieandclaire

    I love the Marchesa shows and the theory of the garments. It makes me sad that it rarely translates to real life or even the red carpet.

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  • fringebenefit

    Ethereal works for me. It’s hardly cutting edge, but I love every fake jewel and morsel of glitter.

  • MilaXX

    That dark purple lip only works on the African American model and those white nurse looking stockings work on no one. Otherwise, the collection is typical Marchesa. There are some hits and some frilly, frou-frou messes.

    • Lanus

      HUSH, YOU. /whitey McPasterlady who loves a dark lip

      • MilaXX

        Oh I like my pale sisters in dark lips when it’s the right shade. However this shade of purple just made them all look like they are suffering from frostbite or something.

  • snarkmeister

    God that’s some floofy shit. I would never wear ANY of it, even if I had the body to do so. The closest I come to liking anything is the 20’s-ish dress that’s second from the bottom. But even that is rough, with the saggy busted-looking bottom and the way it makes that poor girl look completely shapeless.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I’m not a fan of Marchesa, but their use of silk fringe really works.

  • rkdgal

    Somehow the overwhelming sense I always get about Marchesa is ITCHY. Not my thing at. all.

    • demidaemon

      It’s itchy and breezy. What a lovely combination!

      • rkdgal

        Marchesa — Designer for the forgotten dwarves: Itchy, Breezy, Musty, and Fussy!

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I’m not really feeling this collection (compared to some of her previous ones that I loved) but the third dress is beautiful

  • alyce1213

    To me, Marchesa looks like crap fell out of the sky and landed on a dress haphazardly. Her embellishments and fouffery are not organic or well thought out. She’s one of my least favorite designers.

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    Looks like you’d trip over yourself in most of these gowns. Pretty but stupid – in dress form.

  • Jacquelyn

    Eh. Not liking all the doodads and seemingly random objects.

    Also, having a very negative reaction to the hair and lips.

  • Shockingly, the silk fringe is really speaking to me.

  • Pretty, but nowhere near as gorgeous as the Naeem Khan show…

  • hellkell

    The silver pencil skirt made out of whatever that was is the only thing that caught my eye. The rest is an overwrought mess. Marchesa is what would happen if my cats rampaged through tulle and notions.

  • RussellH88

    I don’t like the bra effect that a lot of the dresses create with the sheer between the boobs and the stomach.

    I can’t help but picture Amanda Seyfried running through the woods, wide-eyes and scared when I look at some of these dresses.

  • In_Stitches

    Wish they hadn’t instructed the models to look so bored. They’re all so dour.

    The clothes are a bit of a departure from classic Marchesa-there’s a bit of D&G splashed throughout that I think helps give the clothes some creative depth.

  • shawna

    This is so completely not my style that I feel like may be I shouldn’t comment on it. Not a single piece that I would wear.

    • alyce1213

      or want to wear

  • TAGinMO

    I wish more of the models had learned to smize.

  • Kate4queen

    For me its either I love it or I hate it, nothing in between. 🙂

  • Lesley

    I’m not usually a Marchesa fan but i have to say i’m kinda loving some pieces from this collection. that last gown is absolutly beautiful, i wanna get married in it!!

  • marlie

    I’m probably in the minority when I say that I usually love the over-the-top, frou frou nature of Marchesa’s designs, but this collection isn’t doing it for me. It seems a little haphazard, and definitely not cohesive to me. There are a few individual pieces that are really pretty, but overall, I’m disappointed.

  • susan6

    They should just call it “romance novel cover looks” and be done with it. That said, I love the fringe swoop dress and the similar skirt.

  • JauntyJohn

    “dip-dyed featherplumes” is an EXCELLENT name for a band.

  • MzzPants

    No opinion. And that should say it all.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I can’t help but love them. And this definitely did not disappoint…especially that beautiful drop-waist lace one third from the bottom. I would kill for that dress.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Geez, what a horror show. I really can see how they might take one’s breath away at first, but then when you actually, look, most of them are so ugly. There’s always an element of ultra-fem pretty, but it’s almost always ruined by excess. Jesus, that black dress with the off the shoulder tulle, tulle at the hem, the painted (?) flowers in the middle, and gray stockings, wtf??? That’s a whole lot of ugly in one dress.

    • Alloy Jane

      It’s kinda like Thom Browne but without the (twisted) sense of humour. There is very little here that I find appealing and I would NEVER want to dress like a toilet brush. But what bugs me is the way she deployed the pantyhose. I do like that one cocktail length weddingish dress.

      • demidaemon

        To be fair to Thom Browne, his designs look quite a bit weightier than these. If you put on a Marchesa dress, a gust of MPH wind and you’ll be nude.

      • BrooklynBomber

        “dress like a toilet brush” – ha! There are some nice elements but she ruins everything by overdoing it. I like the feathery white top but not with a shredded black skirt. The blue fabric + tulle on the 6th one down are beautiful and ethereal . . . but sheer(ish) midriff plus pulled “inside out” petticoat effect. . . with a peter pan collar?? To quote someone we all know and love, “I question the taste level.”

  • Danielle

    Of course.

  • CMCH

    An awful lot of this looks like elaborately molting (and ugly) negligees. That said, I’d wear the silver beaded top and draped/beaded skirt in pic #11 in a heartbeat. Sort of a ’20s vibe in a more modern silhouette.

  • guest2visits

    Alot of fairy princess looks; I favor the that last one. With a more opaque skirt it would be such a beautiful wedding gown.

  • oohsparkley!

    Very pretty and feminine. I like a lot of them.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    More sheer. More tulle. More lace. More frou-frou.

  • Cate

    I was loving them until about halfway down. Then they got really ratty, really fast. Like something Courtney Love would wear. Gross.

  • littledamnhero

    Of course.

  • steeg of their own

    Sometimes I like Marchesa, but this collection isn’t doing it for me. None of the silhouettes were all that interesting. Once you got past all the frou-frou frippery, the dresses themselves were fairly boring: spaghetti strap negligee with lace, spaghetti strap negligee with feathers, spaghetti strap negligee with more lace. Yawn.

  • YoungSally

    I’m going to hate myself – but as beautiful and ethereal (and certainly brilliant technique) as these dresses are, once I saw the short white dress with the handkerchief hem on the icy blonde and thought “Gunnie Sax” circa 1982.

  • Lanus

    Is it bad that I just want the lipstick?

  • Donna Tabor

    Extravagantly feminine.

  • Belvane

    I’m not a prude, but all the transparency in so many of the collections is really starting to bug me. Far too many dresses where the model’s underwear or lack thereof steals the focus. All of these gowns are going to need lining before real Earth humans can wear them, so why not just line the damn things now? It doesn’t feel like finished couture to me after a certain point. It’s like, here’s an idea of what this dress will look like once we finish it. I understand about showmanship and pretty girls with their perfect skin showing and the outline of their legs and trendy thigh-gap and all…. but still, it bugs.

    • demidaemon

      Yes. And those linings are going to determine whether or not a lot of these would still be pretty (if they even are now). As we’ve seen in the past, many of these dresses can be made or broken on the quality of the lining and how it fits in with the design of the rest of the dress.

  • conniemd

    Geez, whoda thunk that Marchesa would be right up there with the other designers in the current sheers trend. I’m shocked, totally shocked. Not a fan of Marchesa, but I could see of a lot of these clothes as editorial looks in the magazines. They were very showy and interesting and glam.

  • demidaemon

    I think this is my least favorite Marchesa collection yet. I’m underwhelmed.

  • Cognitive.Dissonance

    Season 1 Downton Abbey on crack.

  • That one gown near the middle looks like it’s made of plastic sheets. Gross. And too much deconstructed-looking crap fluttering around, especially the shreds in the models’ hair.

  • carolie_king

    Can’t unsee the smiley face at the waistline of #9 (#8 after TLo’s commentary).

  • Coolekat

    The models tattoos distract me. Am I alone?

  • quiltrx

    I’m usually a Marchesa fan–I like a fair amount of this, but it didn’t make me gasp as it usually would at some point. I do really like the ‘controlled fringe’ skirts and the dress.
    My favorite look is definitely the silver cutwork top with silver fringe skirt.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Love j’adore the last two looks. I have a mild interest in most of the others. I used to be such a Marchesa fangirl but a lot of it is starting to look the same.

  • Drab and dour. Miss Havisham’s dowry.

  • MagicMermaid

    I might have completely lost my mind, but I rather like this collection! Love the shape, details and whimsy; especially on some of the black dresses. I feel like the black kind of tones down some of the out-of-control elements.

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  • lizajane1776

    Meh. Nothing blew me away, either way.

  • Laylalola

    I would be shocked if we don’t see Taylor Swift in one of these sometime soon (complete with flyaway things in her hair, but blonde). It’s just enough of a edgier, sleekr twist on her earlier romance-princess-type looks.

  • GreenTurtle

    Understated as always…

  • Zizi_N

    Not loving the collection. Save for two dresses, I’m a little bored with it.

  • MissusBee

    I admire the craftsmanship, but some of the more fussy stuff could look awkward off the runway, however genetically gifted the wearer might be. I can see a lot of A-listers doing fashion face plants in these in the coming months.

    RED CARPET DENIZEN: Look! I’m a princess!
    BK COLLECTIVE: No dear, you are a very exquisite net curtain.

  • kathrineb

    Not feeling it. But I guess I’m not a wedding, bling or gown kind of girl.

  • cindiaune

    Is there such a thing as too feminine?

    Because this collection crosses some sort of line from pretty to makes my teeth hurt lol

  • CatherineRhodes

    Seems like each piece needs an edit. As I was scrolling through, I found myself thinking, “that would be perfect if…” Maybe hand the whole collection off to a design assistant (who interned at Calvin Klein) to streamline.

  • Daenyx

    No folded napkins. I’ll take it.

  • R. L.

    It looks a little “Burlesque-ish” but I love the frosty blue color showing up here and in other collections.

  • teacup

    I can’t help but thinking … if it were one of the PR designers who sent that down the runway, s/he would’ve been ripped apart on more than 50% of those designs. Oy.

  • Thank the Gods that a Marchesa exists. I think it’s wonderful that someone carries the banner for ultra-romantic, ultra-feminine adornment, even if every design doesn’t work. It’s an exquisite aesthetic.

  • jwrdwr

    It looks strangely dowdy to me, considering all that is going on.

  • jmorino08

    Christ on a Cracker! These pictures all belong in the dictionary next to “overworked”!

  • amanda lynn

    They all seem to be styled & makeupped to look like Georgiana Chapman.

  • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

    Love it! If you are looking for a poetic, romantic look, then this is the end of the line. Lovely stuff here!