September 11, 2006
Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig first came to the fashion world's attention dressing starlets for the red carpet. For spring, their first time on the runway, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists opened with a handful of short, paparazzi-friendly numbers abloom with floral details. Mischa Barton, sitting in the front row, oohed and aahed over a strapless black chiffon dress, the many folds of which resembled a rose, and Margherita Missoni said she had her eye on the lime-green tulle, which featured tiny blossoms across the bust.
Given the attention to detail in those flowers (they appeared in one form or another on each of the 26 pieces in this evening collection), it was surprising to note that hems were sometimes unfinished and a few seams left undonelapses that are hard to overlook at these price points. Still, the palettewhite, black, and hot pinkand all those roses were perfectly in keeping with spring's romantic mood.