June 21, 2010 New York
As a model wearing a tribal-embroidered trapeze dress sashayed into Marchesa's showroom, Georgina Chapman laughed, "I guess I've been a little selfish." The designer is pregnant with her first child and the label's Resort collection reflects, in part, what she's looking for these days: easy shapes with a lot of attitude. Tank dresses and long-sleeve shifts with graphic allover beading more than fit that bill. A pair of full-skirted tulle ball gowns, meanwhile, fulfill other customers' desires for full-on gala attire. "We're seeing that women are beginning to want to dress up again," Chapman remarked. As for the turbans that the models wore wrapped around their updos? They're actually shawls, which they get a lot of requests for as well. The black stretch-jersey one-sleeve dress with the built-in bangles was Chapman's own brainchild, and a clever one, too.
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