The Marchesa brand seemed to tamp down on its essential Marchesa-ness when it found itself reeling from the Weinstein allegations backlash and was briefly considered designer non grata on the red carpet. But Anna Wintour stood by them and slowly but surely, they’re not only making their way back to red carpet prominence, they’re returning to their more identifiably Marchesa aesthetic:
Someone way more intellectual than us could write a paper theorizing as to why the Marchesa brand trades in both deeply traditional feminine romanticism while also frequently making the wearer look like they’re bleeding out from some sort of gut wound. Seriously, there’s such a consistent use of these weird little waist explosions throughout the brand’s history. More so than the intense frippery (which was never really to our taste), the exploding-abdomen motif in Marchesa’s aesthetic was always the hardest part for us to get past.
Having said that, we neither love nor hate this dress. We appreciate the lack of color in this instance, because it cuts through all the sweetness of those ruffles and gives the look a chicness that Marchesa doesn’t always achieve. Even so, those are a LOT of ruffles. And we can’t dispel the bizarre idea that she’s squirting a defensive ink like a threatened squid. You tell us: are we being too hard on this? Do we need to get past Marchesa’s weird stomach issues? Is this working? In other words, the eternal question, darlings:
Priyanka Chopra’s Romantic Squid Dress:
IN or OUT?
Marchesa Ruffled Floral-Print Silk Dress from the Fall 2019 Collection
Styled by Mimi Cuttrell
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