Vanessa Hudgens in Marchesa at the “Dog Days” Los Angeles Premiere

Posted on August 06, 2018

There are three notable, discussable things going on here. The first and most momentous is that T & Lo independently had the exact same series of thoughts upon viewing this look. Total sympatico agreement from two professional bickerers. Anyone who’s been married longer than 40 minutes would consider that a win.

The other two discussable things are the exact thoughts both T & Lo had:

First thought: “That looks like a Marchesa. Oh, wait. It is a Marchesa. Interesting that she would choose to wear this brand when most of Hollywood turned its back on it in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, who was, as I well know, the husband of brand co-designer and Project Runway All-Stars judge Georgina Chapman.”

(It is entirely possible we’re embellishing our original, first-impression thoughts in order to provide context.)

Second thought: Wow. Marchesa looks really weird now.

It seems to both of us that with the decline of the brand’s good name, (whether deserved or not), and its subsequent near disappearance from the red carpet, the venue it dominated and defined for a good decade there, the aesthetic has shifted away from the very elements that Marchesa traded in. This sort of floaty, sheer, richly luxurious romanticism looks overdone and overdesigned in 2018. The celebrity red carpet remains a venue steeped in glamour and high fashion, but in the wake of the various cultural shifts of the past few years, not the least of which is the very one that occurred in Hollywood in the wake of said Weinstein allegations, the aesthetic for the red carpet has shifted toward looks a bit more stripped-bare in comparison to this.









Style Credits:
Marchesa Sheer Strapless Gown with Floral Appliqué from the Spring 2018 Collection
Hueb Jewelry
Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes

Styled by Natalie Saidi

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