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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 October 2016
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2016 FASHION DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM PHOTOS: VOGUE ‘A woman really wants to be a goddess on her day’ Marchesa is giving brides something different, with its Fall 2017 collection inspired by the Greek goddesses of antiquity T he designers behind New York-based label Marchesa, a label renowned around the globe for its elegance, have drawn inspiration from ancient Greece for their Fall 2017 bridal collection, and to be precise, Greek goddesses. “Keren (Craig) and I were looking at Greek goddesses in part for our runway show this spring,” said designer Georgina Chapman. “And we just thought it lent itself so well to bridal. A woman really wants to be a goddess on her day, so we brought in some of those ideas.” According to reporters from AOL present on the day, they achieved just that, stating “you couldn’t help but feel that goddess element flowing throughout”. The line by British-born Chapman and Craig was presented in a bright and open studio in New York, kicking off the Bridal Market with plenty of glamour and of course, chiffon. “We translated that feeling with sheernesses, and we took some of that lingerie feel from the runway collection that we just showed and translated that into a more bridal way,” said Craig. Aside from the goddess influence, the collection was also celebrated for its inclusion of subtle nude and blush coloured gowns; considered a breath of fresh air among those opting for the classic white synonymous with weddings. But the designers say this is a popular trend that we’ll be seeing on the runway for some time yet, which Chapman attributes to modern-day brides seeking something “a little different from the usual bridal gown”. “It’s something we’ve played around with in our mainline collections for quite some time, and it’s definitely something that we’ve wanted to move into bridal. And for us it’s working,” added Craig. “We love playing with the different coloured linings and the blushes - it’s fun!” The Marchesa empire, inspired by the extravagant and eccentric fashion icon and Italian heiress Marchesa Luisa Casati, was born in 2004 after the designers met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Each brings something different to the couture line; Chapman her draping and design expertise, and Craig her textile creations. Together they have managed to produce runway collections and accessories that have emerged as the red carpet choice for A-list stars including Penélope Cruz, Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz and Emma Watson. To view the Marchesa Fall 2017 bridal collection in full, visit www.marchesa.com Greek heritage brand Bvlgari brings Italian glamour to the NGV The exhibition ‘Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style’ is now on until 29 January ‘17 Famous pieces from the Bvlgari collection are calling the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) home for the next four months, in the exquisite exhibition ‘Italian Jewels: Bvlgari Style’. While the name Bvlgari is derived from the company’s Greek founder Sotirios Boulgaris, the brand is no doubt synonymous with 1960s Italian glamour. In fact, it was Welsh actor Richard Burton who said that in her nine months of filming Cleopatra in Rome, the only Italian word Elizabeth Taylor ever learnt was ‘Bvlgari’. Organised by the NGV in collaboration with Bvlgari Heritage, the collection showcases the longstanding relationship between Buvgari, Rome and Hollywood cinema. Now on display, included are the exquisite jewels from the personal collections of Taylor and Gina Lollobrigida and favoured by prestigious patrons such as Anita Ekberg and Grace Kelly. Along with pieces from the Bvlgari Heritage Collection worn on the red carpet by leading Hollywood starlets such as Kiera Knightley. To complement the jewels, the exhibition also manages to bring together Bvlgari’s visionary creativity and the maison’s leading women in a spectacular display of film and photography. For those interested in knowing more detail about the collection featured, the program includes talks and conversations by curators, designers, academics and other experts related to jewellery, style and design. ‘Italian Jewels: Bvlgari Style’ is on display at NGV from 30 September, 2016 until 29 January, 2017. The gallery is open daily from 10.00 am-5.00 pm. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au/ PHOTOS: NGV.
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