It’s been ten years since Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig started their label in London, and while the pair has since become synonymous with a certain type of glamour on the other side of the pond, they decided it was time to bring it home for their anniversary. “We wanted to have all our friends and family here for the occasion,” said Craig, sipping on a celebratory glass of champagne backstage after the show. Staged at the prestigious banqueting halls on Whitehall, within spitting distance of 10 Downing Street, the show was located at the very heartland of all things British, and the Baroque fresco overhead by painter Peter Paul Rubens is one of the last vestiges of the Palace of Whitehall, Charles I of England’s former residence.
With its latest collection, Marchesa looked to celebrate a different idea of British royalty, namely the one forged in the late sixties and early seventies. And it’s hardly surprising that Georgia May Jagger, the divinely beautiful daughter of an English rock god and a Texan beauty queen, opened the show. “She really embodies the spirit of the new collection,” said Chapman. “It’s a little bit gypsy, a little bit Woodstock and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.” Dressed in a column of tiered white tulle and white lace that was dotted with floral embroidery, Jagger floated down the runway as a modern flower-child muse. She was followed by another beloved British beauty, Jacquetta Wheeler, in an off-the-shoulder look with billowing sleeves. That romantic silhouette spoke to a more polished take on bohemia, and a look that modern It girls might want to wear once they’ve left the music festival field. British songstress-of-the-moment Rita Ora has had her fair share of red-carpet Cinderella moments in Marchesa, and you could see her making mental notes of many looks on the front row. Clearly this whimsical approach to evening is likely to resonate with fans on both sides of the pond.