Marchesa’s fall/winter 2017 show took place yesterday at Skylight Clarkson Square. High necks closures, fringe, and intricate detail were the results of the designers’ inspiration of Imperial China. Rich textiles, decadent silhouettes, opulent fabrics, and noticeable notes of craftsmanship could be found throughout the season.
Within the collection’s diverse 36 looks, were large, sculpted velvet bows that held up the front and shoulders of one dress, while another’s halter neck was fitted with a small, delicate bow. Red beaded floral embroidery, merlot fringe, and delicate olive and coral floral feathers accentuated feminine shapes in the perfect cocktail dress and a tiered column gown. A little skin was revealed from high slits, plunging necklines, flutter sleeves, draped one-shoulders, and strapless bustiers. There was a sense of reserved royalty in slinky fishtails, beaded trim, ostrich feather detailing, and long fringe. The finale felt like an imperial daydream filled with Shanghai elegance.