The rationale behind a designer’s collection is quite fascinating, just as the pieces in the line that represent the ideas. Marchesa’s SS18 collection at this year’s New York Fashion Week has most certainly told a tale. The brand’s inspiration followed the exciting journey to Japan of Aimee Crocker, an American heiress, princess, mystic, and world traveler who lived from the year 1864 to 1941.
Aimee Crocker had definitely adopted a new role for women in her era, living a fantasy of a life she dreamed of. Her love of exploration and independence allowed her to fulfill her desires of materialistic luxury, like pearls, snakes, and eccentric art. Her wanderlust then led her to a life full of extravagant bashes, charming romances, and lavish collections of that time period. As Crocker’s life seemed to be so extravagant, Marchesa did not hesitate to show NYFW a line of glorious pieces that symbolize the princess’s great expedition.
The pieces in the collection have most definitely a unique daring, bold touch to each. The blacks and metallic come into contrast with the more feminine blush pinks and toned color pallet in a couple gowns, which links back to the central theme. Tulle is seen continuously, as well as sexy, plunging necklines and sweeping, glamorous gowns. It is no surprise that Japan’s Cherry Blossom flower also makes an appearance in some of the embroidery. Marchesa’s brilliant aesthetic is clear as her SS18 collection tells this fairytale.
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Gallery Photography by Tony Von Thelen