Is this what Blake Lively's wedding dress looked like Indian-inspired Marchesa show sparks buzz with dazzling white gowns
18:56 GMT, 13 September 2012
Marchesa may have offered a hint at what Blake Lively's wedding dress looked like, at its New York Fashion Week show yesterday.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, who were revealed this week to be the designers of the actress's gown for her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, showed a series of white creations that would work as well on the red carpet as they would on a bride.
The pair, who said that they had been inspired by the period when the Beatles turned to the Maharishi for spiritual guidance, took a very literal lead from Sixties India.
Buzz: The white gowns at Marchesa's New York Fashion Week show yesterday offered a hint as to what Blake Lively's wedding gown may have looked like
Dazzling: Marchesa took a very literal lead from the Beatles and Sixties India
The rich and decadent collection of
eveningwear included sari-like gowns and brocade tunics, with panels of
gold and silver embroidery at the waists and neck.
Every gown shimmered with either crystal and pearl embellishment, or had been shot through with gold and silver thread.
White-out: Many creations would work as well on the red carpet as they would on a bride
The colour palette was uncompromisingly
rich and varied, ranging from chartreuse and teal to fuchsia and
burgundy, then giving way to romantic white.
Of course, it was the latter that
generated most buzz, given the recent news of Ms Lively's wedding.
For now, though, it seems we must wait
until photos are published in the December issue of Martha Stewart
Weddings, as the designers refused to offer much in the way of detail.
Rainbow hues: The colour palette was uncompromisingly rich and varied, ranging from chartreuse and teal to fuchsia and burgundy
Passage to India: The designers admitted that the country had always held a special significance for them
Ms Craig told TIME magazine only that working with the actress 'was
amazing… She’s a good friend, and
we were absolutely honored and thrilled to have been asked.'
Friend of the designers: Blake Lively wore Marchesa to marry Ryan Reynolds last weekend
Ms Chapman, who is married to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, added: 'It was a very, very beautiful wedding dress.'
Though Ms Lively was not present, there were plenty of other A-listers in the front row.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were
flanked by George Clooney's girlfriend Stacey Kiebler, Tyra Banks, Kelly
Osbourne, Olivia Palermo, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bar Refaeli and Rachel
Zoe, to name but a few.
One can only begin to speculate who will wear a piece from the collection first – and which gown they will choose.
Though India provided ample
inspiration for the spring/summer 2013 collection, the designers admitted
that the country had always held a special significance for them
Ms Craig told the Daily Beast: 'When we first started discussed doing a line together, we were in India, so it holds a warm place in our heart.'
Their creations seem to hold a warm place in the heart of the fashion press too, as reviews of Marchesa collections are consistently positive, and yesterday's show was no different.
Vogue UK's review read: Each piece is an exquisitely thought out and expertly crafted work in
itself, deserving of close inspection to truly appreciate its splendour.'
And WWD singled out two gowns as highlights, writing: 'Many of the pieces were
exquisite, including a languid, white draped gown worn with
gold-embroidered illusion tights and the last tulle dress in silver
embroidery on Carolyn Murphy.'
Front-row fans: Guests included Rachel Zoe, Kelly Osbourne, Tyra Banks, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Stacey Kiebler, among many others
Design stars: Keren Craig (left) and Georgina Chapman wave to the audience at the end of the show