New York Fashion Week Fall '10. Vaudevillian Fantasy at Marchesa.

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Summary: An old-fashioned circus theme was a perfect choice for the elaborate majesty that is Marchesa. Inspired by the vaudevillian stateliness of Lola Montez, Marchesa's fall '10 collection was a dramatic display of courtesan-like confections. Like a classic circus-tent exhibition, models were placed in vignettes of twos and threes, set against a black, curtained backdrop for the fully stunning effect of the  exquisite silhouettes. Curlicued folds of tulle, silk chiffon and organza cascaded in every which way,, making each model the most decadent installation of living art. Styles ran the gamut from wispy and flirty—adorned with feathers and bows or cinched in soft tumbles—to sexy with nude mesh panels and glittering black lace embroidery, to jaw-dropping glam with three dimensional pinwheels unfurling down a gown like colored smoke. Some of the looks, like the column gowns with cascading  pastel chiffon or metallic silk, answered the question that many fashion critics have been asking on the whereabouts of true red carpet fashion. Clearly, Marchesa aims to remedy the currently tepid tone of Hollywood since any one of his show-stopping looks would greatly help the red carpet back to its beloved status.

Color Palette: pink, crimson, crimson, red, paisley, black, white, cream, lilac, blush, silver, nude, sky, peacock, charcoal, ombre, metallic


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Fabrics and Textures: suede, duchess satin, tulle, organza, chiffon, feathers, wool, lace, appliqued, cascading, pinwheel, draped, embroidered, sculptured, ruched, ribboned, pleated pinwheel, shooting star applique, swirled, glazed, sheer, ruffled

Key Looks: Crimson duchess satin strapless dress with pinwheel tulle accents and cascade rose petals, embroidered cream duchess satin carousel cocktail, lilac kissed nude ruched tulle dress with ribboned waist, black crepe tuxedo dress with black shooting star top, draped one shoulder sky chiffon dress with ruffle cascade detail, black and white embroidered ombre organza cascade swirl dress

-Alia Rajput

Photos: NY Mag

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