Pure fantasy. Retailers and media love to sing the praises of wearability (make that $aleability), but that isn't very entertaining. The Marchesa collection was appropriately displayed at the Chelsea Art Museum Wednesday. The gown were sculpted works of art. Innovative embroideries with stones, beading and horsehair stroked the imaginations of the most jaded fashion observer.
The elaborate jewels and beading was carried through into the accessories. Clutches, headpieces and shoes were encrusted with riches.
Will you see anyone getting out of the subway with any of these pieces? Highly unlikely. Then again, the average subway rider is not Marchesa's prime market. The target woman here seems to be the Red Carpet starlet (usually from the ranks of current Weinstein Company films). Is there anything wrong with that? Of course not. I am just happy to see that there are still American designers who can inspire unattainable glamour.