Marchesa: India-inspired looks, Hollywood style

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- It wasn't just like Grand Central at Marchesa's New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday -- which drew the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Tyra Banks, and all the photographers who trail them. It was in Grand Central.

The preview of the spring collection was staged at the historic train terminal's Vanderbilt Hall.

It was hardly rush hour on the runway, though. The looks turned out by designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were typically embellished and intricate, and required time to study the details. Models also can't walk all that quickly in the gowns that are often jingling with beads and feature slim hemlines.

Thanks to the Indian inspiration -- via the Beatles' 1960s experience with the Maharishi -- there were more colorful hues and easier-to-wear silhouettes than in recent Marchesa collections.

"Last season was Baroque and darker, and the season before that was very ornate," Chapman said in a preshow interview. "It's a different mood this season."

It's definitely a different look: The line even includes some pants, Chapman noted.

The slim-cut capris were styled with a chartreuse sari shift decorated with gold and pearls, but they were indeed pants nonetheless.

What fashion insiders are really looking for from Marchesa is a clue of what will soon come on Hollywood red carpets. After this, it's safe to say the stars may be wearing some high-neck gowns, either covered in tassel fringe or metallic beads -- or both -- and maybe a peacock-blue, one-shouldered tulle gown worn over a fully embroidered gold-leaf illusion bodysuit that gave the appearance of glittering body art.

One of the brand's young starlet fans certainly could pull off a belly-baring sari-style bolero with shorts and a tulle overlay skirt, too.

"The clothes are amazing. It's like a walking fairy tale. And actually this fashion show is my favorite. It's like the most theatrical that I've ever been to," said Jenna Dewan-Tatum. "And it's beautiful."