June 15, 2009 New York
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have moved house; they're now based in spacious digs in the Starrett-Lehigh Building on West 26th Street, and they feel that the relocation has affected the collection—in a good way. "We have three times the space and our output has tripled," Chapman said. You wouldn't know that from the carefully honed edit the designer did before showing her Resort collection, though. She explained that she was inspired by the Marchesa customer—be that a starlet, great-grandmother, or teenage promgoer (all actual clients, Chapman swears)—as well as by the label's own DNA. "We went back to our Grecian roots," the designer said as Iekeliene Stange posed statuelike in an ethereal ivory number. There were also sculptural cocktail looks and plenty of beading and feather embellishments. If some of this bordered on tame (there were none of Fall's extreme volumes here), the collection was also chock-full of sure crowd pleasers.
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