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Marchesa brings Chinese influence to autum line

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 01:29

Fashion label Marchesa's Fall 2017 collection is filled with feminine floral gowns with a hint of Chinese flare. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. For their Autumn/Winter 2017/18 collection, design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were inspired by Imperial China showing a feminine collection filled with lush feathers, flower and fringe details. The runway show, held at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday (February 15) was "quintessentially Marchesa", according to co-designer Georgina Chapman. The Brit, who is married to Harvey Weinstein, said they turned to the east for inspiration. "Well we looked at imperial China and we were very influenced by the color stories, the romanticism," she said. Her design partner Keren Craig agreed. "Yes, you are going to see a lot of richness, which we are very much known for the rich textiles and you will see a little influence of that," Craig told Reuters. The fashion label, known for its ultra-luxurious gowns, is a red carpet staple and beloved of many celebrities. Besides decadent fabrics such as rich velvet, silk tulles and organza, the Chinese influence was seen in the high necklines, tassel fringes and cap sleeves on dresses. The look was completed with delicate shoes with bamboo heels, a reference to the Chinese theme. Color was abundant in the collection, from multi-colored tassel gowns to bright green draped cocktail dresses, some embellished with 3-D flower embroideries. The unapologetic feminine looks were completed with flower crowns or big velvet ribbons. A-listers such as Sandra Bullock, Rihanna and Kerry Washington have been spotted in Marchesa gowns in the past. The New York Fashion Week wraps up on Thursday (February 16).

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Marchesa brings Chinese influence to autum line

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 01:29