Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig's fall 2012 Marchesa collection, shown Wednesday at a white-gloved affair at New York's Plaza Hotel, was straight out of movies that glamorize fashion shows -- like The Women (1939) and Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn.
Beautifully dressed people in the front row sipping glasses of champagne brought to them on trays by waiters, furs flung over seats, stiletto Louboutins everywhere you looked. And, of course, glamorous women like Petra Nemkova, Stacy Keibler (in a red lace Marchesa cocktail dress), socialite Olivia Palermo and stylists Brad Goreski, Rachel Zoe and Karla Welch were all in the front row.
Welch, who dresses Olivia Wilde and Zooey Deschanel, rushed backstage after she saw the frothy collection, which was replete with long full tulle trains, yards and yards of beaded sparking fabric and exaggerated mermaid shapes like we've rarely seen, except in Rita Hayworth movies. (Or Madonna's "Material Girl" video.)
"I have to get my hands on one of these dresses," said Welch, laughing. But was dead serious when it came to making an order. Wonder where that dress will turn up? Perhaps Wilde a secret presenter? She'd certainly look amazing in one of these numbers.
Keibler's presence certainly had New Yorkers wondering if Stacy is already in the Marchesa court for the Oscars. But Chapman, who is also the wife of Harvey Weinstein (who finances the brand), is bringing all of the new fall collection to LA for possible Oscar wearing.
"We've had a lot of requests," she admitted. "But you never know till you actually see them in it. I know I'll be wearing one!"