NY Fashion Week Spring 2018 Houston
New York Fashion Week

Marchesa duo go all out to create attention-getting evening gowns with sheer energy

Marchesa duo go all out to create attention-getting evening gowns

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Marchesa one-shoulder ball gown in blush to rose ombré tulle with 3D silk organza feather flowers, velvet ribbon detail at waist and shoulder. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa tea length A-line fishnet and crinoline cocktail with silk organza textured flowers at bodice and skirt. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa tulle column gown with chrysanthemum threadwork embroidery, ombré fringing, and kimono sleeve. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa black tulle ballgown with deep V neck, tulle cherry blossom embroidery, and threadwork vines, pale silk organza obi belt. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa silver faille cocktail skirt with cascading ruffle, tulle bodice with crystal and pearl necklace embroidery. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa strapless fishnet and horsehair ballgown with sculpted arches and silk organza wisteria flower embellishment and lilac draped silk taffeta bodice Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa pink corded lace gown with 3D silk organza corsage at bodice and velvet ribbon at waist. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa citrus faille column gown with pale pink taffeta draped bodice, sculpted ruffle drap and 3D silk organza corsage. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa lilac silk taffeta tiered ball gown with corseted off-shoulder bodice, 3D flower embroidery, and 3D silk corsages at neckline. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Marchesa black tulle tea length gown with corseted bodice with gold threadwork embroidery. Photo courtesy of Marchesa
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Nothing is every simple at Marchesa. Designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman specialize in attention-getting evening gowns, with yards of tulle, cascading ruffles, embroidered embellishments, and lush 3D petal flowers. Excess is almost always best for the gala goer who wants to make a special statement on the society circuit or at a milestone wedding or or other special event.

For spring 2018, the design duo were inspired by Aimeé Crocker, "an American heiress, princess, Bohemian, world traveler, mystic and author known for her cultural exploration of the Far East, for her extravagant parties in San Francisco, New York and Paris, and for her collections of lovers, adopted children, Buddhas, pearls, tattoos and snakes," according to her Wikipedia description.

That description leaves plenty of fodder there for an opulent collection and Craig and Chapman took advantage of the opportunity. Many of their gowns have touches of Far East fashion, with billowing kimono sleeves, obi corset belts, and strands of pearl necklaces incorporated into plunging neckline designs, in a tribute to Crocker's wandering ways.

Other looks are frothier, with column gowns swathed in cherry-red tulle from head to toe and several princess gowns with big skirts that are dotted with hundreds of textured flowers or lavender wisteria embellishment at the waist. Many of the evening looks are sheer, with lace or intricate beading covering strategic parts of the body.

A couple of styles— satin tuxedos in all-black and all-white — are more subdued, but otherwise the Marchesa designers go out to create something unique and special. And isn't that what nighttime dressing should be all about?

The Marchesa collection is available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony.