New York Fugshion Week: Marchesa Fall 2012


If there’s one thing I know about Fug Nation, it’s that y’all love to scratch your heads to the dandruff point at Marchesa. There’s some pretty here, but there’s also a lot of really expensive-looking bathroom decor. Strap in and let’s see what Blake Lively will be wearing soon.

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  1. Amanda
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    LOL at the “let’s see what Blake Lively will be wearing soon.”

  2. Amanda
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    I like the big satin-ey bally gowns, but that is just the little girl in me that always wanted to be a Disney Princess.

    Marchesa really likes tulle. (really, really)

  3. Hannah
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    I can take Blake but all the Shailene references are boring me. There are other celebrities out there ladies!

  4. Gine
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    What is with all the lower abdominal/crotch-level decorations? Is there a single woman on the planet who WANTS to draw attention to that area of her body?

  5. Erin
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    A lot of those remind me of Taylor Swift’s Grammy dress. Was that Marchesa?

  6. Melanie
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    Dress #3 has a glittery gold skeleton pattern. I…just…..words….fail.

    • Eliza Bennett
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      Right? I saw it on style.com and said “holy..mother of..oh, I hope no one wears that.”

      • linda
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        Oh, but dear Miss Bennett, you DO hope someone wears it. That’s how we have our fun!

  7. Sandra
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    Where was this held? Did Miss Hannigan have a special division for really tall orphans? Because all these girls look hungry, disheveled, and sad. So do the clothes, come to think of it.

    • Art Eclectic
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      I was thinking the exact same thing. Lots of waif-ish, hungry, depressed models. I guess you’d be depressed, too, if you had to wear some of those dresses.

  8. Beth
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    What is with the tulle? It looks so cheap, like they ran out of fabric so they grabbed whatever they could from the craft store.

  9. Eliza Bennett
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    I HATE #28 SO MUCH. It makes my skin crawl with ornithological phobia. It’s seriously every nightmare Tippi Hedren ever had after shooting “The Birds.” I like the one with the copper glowy ball gown skirt, though.

  10. terri
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    Slide 2: All I can see is MOLD!!! Yikes!

  11. granny
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    Marchesa delenda est.

  12. Natalie
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    Really? No love for #4?

    Y’all know you would DIE if Michelle Williams showed up in that!!

    • Chasmosaur
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      No, I loved that. I feel like when Marchesa gets ballgowns right, they nail them.

      The way they’re constructed makes them look less princessy and more kick-ass (sort of like CZJ wearing that kick ass green, textured Monique Lhuillier at the Globes in 2011). I feel like if you’re going to go ballgown, you need to own it. You can own a dress like #4.

      I also like #5 (the gold/flower applique dress). Not everyone will be able to wear it since that’s a tough color, but it’s very pretty with great detail.

      I would also like to see #16 without the Tulle Collar of Shame. It’s girly, it’s floaty, it has a sparkly metallic. Why add to that?

    • Heather
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      You’re right, I would. I DO like #4, but I just laugh at the idea of someone wearing it in its purest form. There would be no room for anyone else on the carpet.

  13. Ladyblahblah
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    I used to like Marchesa, but most of these just look like Say Yes to the Dress castoffs that have been dyed different colors.

  14. Courtney Lowden
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    There is so much blatant McQueen knock-off-ery here it offends me. And that liquid gold number… Vivienne Westwood much? It’s one thing to be inspired, another to use iconic silhouettes almost exactly as the original designer imagined them.

    • nikole
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      I thought so too, I clearly saw some imitations of McQueen. We all know nothing is new is fashion but ….

      • nikole
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        and the gold one with the rose at the hip.. wasn’t that the DIOR (correct me if i’m wrong) sharon stone wore for her basic instinct 2 opening expect it was white and the flower are painted red?

  15. nikole
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    i looked through their entire collection a couple hours before on style.com and the person writing the review said something to the effect of them going towards normalcy. Halfway through the pics i was like really.. do most of these look normal to u?
    Who would wear a dress the imitates the bones on their sternum (i am secretly hoping someone will) and there’s so much tulle and nude netting.
    The ballgowns are gorgeous though

  16. Jules
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    So. Much. Illusion. Netting.

  17. Ines
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    and these shoes….uuuargly

  18. Katty McNiley Ripley
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    #25 – That sexy “WOW” golden number, if the right celebrity/person wears it, it will be amazing!

    That being said, Marchesa has become the same as over-design clothes! They still have good ideas and intricate designs/details but enough with all the tulle and the feathers…

  19. Phoebe
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    I guess I’m not with the majority here, but I still love almost everything Marchesa does. To me it’s all still very detail oriented, unique, and beautiful. I also don’t mind tulle. Marchesa gowns are for women who still have a bit of that little-girl-longing-to-be-a-princess inside them but with a more grown-up and bad ass taste. <3!

    • Gina
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      Same. I wouldn’t leave the house in one, but I would wear almost any of them to swan about the house, playing dress up.

    • Michelle
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      I agree. I know Marchesa has been doing some cracked out things lately, but I really like some of the things here. They’re ethereal, and something I can imagine nymphs wearing while laying near a pond in the middle of the forest, or something Victorian ladies would wear while lounging around in their parlours. I don’t know, maybe I have an over-active imagination but I think some of it is really quite lovely, even if it wouldn’t translate well for the red carpet.

      • Alli
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        I agree:)

      • cpro
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        Yes, I love the Edwardian/1920s/pre-Raphaelite vibe here, and it doesn’t come across as “too much” precisely because the models are delicate and waifish and their hair/make-up are subtle. All this PLUS cleavage PLUS heavy make-up PLUS lots of long, curled, bleached hair would look overdone. But this etherealness is lovely….

        And #6 is my favorite. Wow.

  20. Brandy
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    The last dress, the red, looks like one of those “Body Worlds” cadavers displaying the circulatory system.

  21. Eva
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    Tulle overdose! And I don’t even think it’s that well used. I have as much of a little princess inside me as the next girl, but these dresses have too much going on, specially the tulle! I like the patterns on a lot of them, but the final effect is more like something Helena Bonham-Carter would wear (in black). And that is not a compliment as amusing as I find HBC :)

  22. Kelly
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    #28: seagull snared in fishing net

  23. Hel
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    First, I feel sorry that you have to type “Mercedes-Benz”.
    Second, I like tulle (the 9 years-old thinking of princess weddings in me) but I think I just saw enough tulle for the next 10 years.
    Third, this collection is better than the previous one. I hated all their stringy stuff.
    Fourth, that was a good idea to put mirrors so we can see the back of the dresses.

  24. Risa
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    First, I don’t understand the styling… The shiny faces and wake-up hair frizz perplex me. As do the weird shoes.

    Second, I like that they had a mirror at the end of the runway b/c the backs of the dresses seem to be often prettier than the front. That mirror won me over on a few of these dresses.

  25. E
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    What’s with the hemline that’s longer on the sides? If they were longer in back as well, they’d be mullet dresses. Are these long sideburn dresses? Mutton chop dresses? Has Marchesa heard that climate change will result in cold breexes from the side that ladies need to be protected from?

  26. jen
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    It’s official. I’m sick of marchesa.

  27. wtfnyc
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    That gold hip-tumor dress will haunt me for days. I dislike nearly all of it, but that one? I FEAR.

    Also: Are the Marchesa models really REALLY thin and wan and narrow of shoulder, or is it just the terrible cuts/designs of the dresses?

    Also also: “Blakechesa.” YES.

  28. Kris
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    I just don’t understand why runway models have to look so starved and sad.
    None of these dresses really did anything for me.

  29. Jen
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    #8 looks like GIANT SLACKS!

  30. Beth
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    Am I just old? I want to do the mom-style-spit-smooth on the hair of almost every one of those models.

  31. Lina
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    MARCHESA NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!
    they really do! will somebody please stop letting them play with tulle?! the whole collection (with a few exceptions) looks like somebody rolled a bunch of fake diamonds in mud! nobody could pull that off!
    although some overrated starlet – lea michele, maybe… or blake lively – will probably try. and fail.

  32. neiges
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    Was the soundtack to this “we are golden” by Mika? There is gold, gold, gold all over the place. It also gives out vibes of overstuffed and over-luxurious ballrooms in the XIXth century, just before art-nouveau. Stuffy.

  33. ceecee
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    Why do they all look like they styled their hair with an eggbeater? Is this a thing now?

  34. understateddiva
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    Definitely agreeing with you that I’d like to see these dresses without the tulle sprouting from the bottom, sides, and occasionally the top(?!) of them.

  35. Gwen Robinson
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    I could totally see HBC in #4 :)

  36. jeez
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    I’ve never been a huge fan of Marchesa (not in touch with my inner princess, I guess) and honestly don’t know much about the technical aspects of fashion, but I think the problems are pretty obvious–the tulle, the too muchedness…really, the execution is just reminiscent of bird nest. However, I think there are interesting ideas in a handful of these (5, 7, 14, 17, 19-21, 29)–it would be fun to unfug them.

  37. renae
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    I like lacy crap, so this was fun. But I’m NOT a fan of floaty crap, which, here, sadly included everybody’s hair.

  38. PinkieBling
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    I like dress #5. I think #8 has potential, but the bodice is too small, and #22 would be gorgeous if those two dangling pieces were lopped off. I kind of dig the last one, even though I agree that it is a bit Bodies-adjacent.

  39. Pelican
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    Okay … but some of those shoes are super-cute, right? It’s not just me, is it? I like the pointy-toed Aladdiny ones and the arabesquey knee-high things, too. Honestly, I only got through that slideshow without cringing by focusing on the shoes.

  40. deee
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    All I could see was the dark haired guy in the blue shirt who appears to be checking out every model’s ass. Honestly, he’s in every single picture.

    • Nora
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      Thank you deee, I was scanning down the comments thinking I can’t be the only one. I was distracted by him and the fact that the audience seems to be 100% guys – were they hoping for more shower curtain action than they got?

    • jenny
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      He always appears fairly unimpressed with all the dresses…so we are kindred spirits, me and the arse-looker.

  41. Dana
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    Photo 1 looks like a shower curtain from the Soprano’s.

  42. Alli
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    I actually really like, or almost really like, a lot of those. There is a lot of prettiness going on.

  43. Maisie
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    #28 looks like several domestic geese go into a scuffle, tore out each other’s wing feathers, and they somehow ended up pasted on the bottom of what otherwise would have been an interesting dress.

    And for the love of all that’s human, enough already with these frighteningly skinny models! Accidentally run into one of their elbows or kneecaps (or, heaven forbid, those collarbones!) and one would be seriously bruised as a result.

  44. Andrea
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    Love the fabrics, hate the way they’re utilised.

  45. Hat
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    Worst Marchesa show ever. They have exhausted themselves and need to retire. It was so derivative of McQueen and recent gauzy Chanel. And all over the place. And unflattering. I am tired from looking at those images so my critique must stop here.

  46. jen
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    THE LAST DRESS ROCKS

  47. Caitlin M
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    Heather, you might’ve been fashion-week punchy when writing this, but kudos regardless because your commentary is hilarious.

  48. Sajorina
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    It’s obvious that Marchesa & Pnina Tornai are keeping the tulle industry alive! I really LOVE dresses #7 & #12, but they’re the only ones! I actually love #25′s fabric, but the dress would need some tweaking! And, #29, the last dress, reminds me of Bodies: The Exhibition: The Muscular System… Ew!

  49. Valentina
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    I saw just 4 or 5 dresses in different versions. And I liked none of them.

  50. Charlotte
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    Toilet Doily Chic

  51. Claire L
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    #10 made me happy ( not just in comparison, but totally)
    #25′s color is FABULOUS

    Everything else reminds me of Jim Carey….. all the features SHOULD work and make something beautiful…but they don’t.

  52. vandalfan
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    The footwear astonishes normal sensibilities. #20, I think, was golden high heeled oxfords with dove grey anklets. Makes me tip my head like “his master’s voice” on RCA records.

  53. elle
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    I love the footwear! Are those tulle socks?

  54. minette
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    i clearly like tulle more than you do. but the colors on many of these are blech – sure to wash out even the most attractive woman. whaddup with that?! if the color were prettier, i might like this collection a whole lot more.

  55. Katharine
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    Lop off some off the frou-frou and there are some potentially lovely details here – but too many of these dresses seem blocky about the waist. If they look that way on willowy tall ectomorphs, smaller actresses will be swamped. Still, this is an improvement on their last couple of years. Blake Lively should definitely be their spokeswoman – she seems a perfect fit for their aesthetic, as she never convinces in Chanel.

  56. Jacinta
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    I love 92% of it, tulle included.

  57. Girlin
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    Ever since the penicilin comment about Lea Michele I see yeasty fungus when I even hear the word Marchesa….shudder…..

  58. TonyG
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    I really like most of these. A beautiful, mostly delicate collection. Love the flow of most of these. Well done, I say.

  59. Bambi Anne Dear
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    Are those old men in the business or the fathers of the 14 year old models?

  60. scott
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    What to see what they might wear afterwards, when kicking back casual to get something to eat or with jeans and friends? Check out http://www.bush-it-usa.com. Making a statement and being cool.

  61. Lina
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    What a boring collection. There might be five decent dresses here, out of 29? The rest is snoozeville. And you’re right about the metallic with the rose not fitting the collection at all. Nary a feather nor a scrap of lace to be found — totally screams “leftover”. There are, however, at least five I’d like to see SWINTON wear, if only for the pure shock value. :P

  62. Grace
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    I’m just left with an overwhelming impression of fungus.

  63. Jules
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    Oh! Please, let it be, that Marchesa is the costume designer for the next, possibly, trendy VAMPIRE movie in the works… ya know?
    Otherwise, they have no excuse.

  64. Susieboo74
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    Marchesa tried to rip of Mcqueen AND FAILED! LAY OFF THE TULLE!

  65. Guerra
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    I liked a lot of this & loved a few. Hate all their hair!!! If some just had a ill less tule/ feathers. I think they need to decide when to stop.

  66. inga
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    I am just shocked about the painfully skinny girls! They are so underweight! Wasn’t there a plan NOT to emply anorexic girls in fashion any more? They give young girls such a bad example and honestly just make me sad…

  67. Remi
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    I sort of get its nice if a collection has recurring elements, but you can overdo it. The only one that didn’t match as such was the one where we have to play the game “she is attached at the hip to….”

    And I’m guessing its a knot of tulle.

  68. Rosemarie
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    I can imagine Cate Blanchett in #24, though perhaps because the model reminded me of her a little in terms of facial structure. (Although it might need to be another color – the yellowy-nude tone looks sickly. Or maybe the model has jaundice?)

    And I actually did enjoy the “Bjork” dress, it seemed fun in comparison to the others.

    The last time I saw so much tulle was when I walked into JoAnne’s Fabrics.

  69. Softwear
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    Well, they aren’t very restrained are they? But there is SO MUCH pretty here. I wish it some of it weren’t quite so naked pretty… but I loved 90% of these. Let’s face it, in our lives there just isn’t enough tulle. So Marchesa kind of has to make up for that. I feel reasonably sure they’ll never let us down.

  70. Mamasan
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    What’s with all the gowns just vomiting tulle?? Some of these are beautifully done until the hit the knee area… was there a sale on tulle or something?

  71. gryt
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    That big red ballgown (#6) is kind of fascinatingly awesome.

  72. lisas
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    You KNOW Michelle Williams would wear the Al Roker dress.

  73. ck76
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    You guys, are they wearing tulle socks??!!

  74. Kait
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    that first one looks like a porny new take on Great Expectations (Great Ex-pecker-tations? Great ExpecTITions?)…

  75. Valentina
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    I saw Stacy Keibler at the Oscars in gown #25 and I immediately remembered this post.