Marchesa Runway

One final look at the innerworkings of a Marchesa show.


At last, the show.

At an entrance that lead through Vanderbilt Hall on Wednesday afternoon, a sign for pedestrian onlookers read, “The Vanderbilt Hall entrance to Main Concourse will be closed on Wednesday from Noon to 6PM.”

Power, I thought. After all, only a select few players could successfully shut down an establishment so vital for the transportation process for a full six hours on a weekday.

The chosen ones walked through the entrance, into the elegantly lit high ceiling room where rows and rows of gilded chairs were aisled and configured to produce a very long u-shaped runway. Among the front row loiterers: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Olivia Palermo, Anna dello Russo and Anna Wintour. Quite promptly, the large photo pits snapping at the high volume of celebrity guests dissipated while everyone else found their seats–lights dimming, the familiar tunes from Monday’s session at Georgina Chapman’s studio started to play. Inexplicably, it was comforting.

The view through Kelly Framel’s camera lens.

“I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave.”

In lime green shorts, blouse and Louboutin kitten heels, Isabelli Fontana opened the show. A combination of lovely movement procurers (see: above,) walked way and some innovative silhouettes including a cropped multi-layered peplum top and sheer skirts paired with humble underwear had me quite genuinely second guess my impatient motivation to get married before this show previewed. A cropped white blouse with a sheer white maxi skirt–why couldn’t I think of that?

“Breathtaking,” I heard several women remark on our way out. It was with no mistake: the embroidery came alive, music at perfect pitch and these are the silhouettes that constantly reinterpret the way we view formal wear. Six hours later, at the Darby hosted after party, generous compliments showed no sign of halt.

A three course meal waited for its guests in a room composed of twelve tables, all marked with Marchesa menues. Half an hour post start time, Chapman walked into the room dressed in white feathers, Karen in one of the ubiquitous black dresses equipped with flowy, pleated long sleeves. The two looked relieved, happy to be among their guests and perhaps most important, with an air of accomplishment about it.

“It was your best yet,” I heard a guest tell Chapman. She humbly thanked him, seemingly quite surprised to hear such high regard toward the collection. Cocktail chatter continued for a mere fifteen minutes until guests were summoned to sit at their assigned tables. Once seated, Chapman thanked her guests for joining and a live musical performance ensued.

I forked at the branzino before me, admiring the beautiful people in the room. In just a day, real life would recommence and the lavish events of the previous fashion week would linger just as the frozen memories my camera lens had captured.

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  • StyleNonsensen

    I Wasn’t Too Happy With The Marchesa Show This Year! I’m Not Sure Why But It Does Look Like A Truly Breathtaking Experience!

  • monkeyshines

    stunning captures!


  • I like Marchesa however I didn’t like this collection sometimes Chapman can get a little heavy handed.

  • Hilary Shanks

    Sounds like a beautiful time.

  • Pearl

    I want to know who the child in the front row is! (photo 5)

  • Catherine and Greer

    I can’t believe the amazing events and shows you get to attend. It looked absolutely amazing. Congrats Leandra, you’re at the top. And with this journalism making your way towards replacing Anna Wintour, Vogue needs somebody like you.

  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    The red dress on the first photo and the white dresses are pretty great!!

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  • Chelsie Moss

    The Marchesa ladies do no wrong!

  • vivi

    adoro il primo vestito! anche io ho un blog, che ne dici di passare? mi farebbe molto piacere!

  • Christina

    It sounds absolutely magical. Thanks for letting us in on a piece of it!


  • farandwild

    this show was beyond grand so how fitting for it to have been held at grand central. your writing about this show has been amazing and i’ve really felt like i’ve been along with you the whole way. from admiring embroidery at her studio, to picking the music, to forking at perfectly seared branzino. thanks for taking us along!


  • Zainab

    Beautiful post and so well written. xx

  • Jessica

    This is next level! Good lord I’m jealous O___O
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  • Jully Erikson

    I appreciate for such a nice post. I looks awesome to wear with stylish sleepers, and the white dresses are pretty great!! I Love your skirts. Thanks for sharing nice Blog with us!

  • Nat

    Love the inside look into the Marchesa show! Each and every season the ladies of Marchesa definitely reinterpret the way we view formal wear, which is such a treat to look forward to.


  • Looks amazing! I would have loved to have seen this collection in person!

  • Every season Marchesa produces such stunningly beautiful collections!

  • Kelly Blanco

    Well, it seems that the man repeller is changing direction. Dear, you are not gonna repel any man wearing Marchesa. Ask Georgina or Blake Lively!

  • Beautiful dresses! xo, Christina


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  • I was at Grand Central during the show and couldn’t even get in to the main concourse!! Imagine it was an AMAZING show. And Kimye was there hahaha



  • The fringes and fills send a strong ‘Roaring 20’s’ vibe, don’tcha think? I say bring it on!

  • Donna

    Thanks for sharing your experience with me! It looks beautiful, and I LOVE Marchesa.

  • Bladyblahblah

    Whoever says fashion isn’t an art needs to look at Marchesa.

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