ATX New York Fashion Week spring 2016
Marchesa's Sheer Energy

Sheer energy at Marchesa with fairy tale gowns and slippers for a modern-day Cinderella

Sheer energy at Marchesa with fairy tale gowns and Cinderella slippers

Marchesa spring 2016 collection from back view
Marchesa pastel ombre ball gown with fine thread work, flying bird, and botanical blouson, and all over dip-dyed hand-cut petal textured skirt. Photo by BFA
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 17
Marchesa fuchsia tulle floral thread work embroidered fishtail gown with godet inserts and deep maroon metallic threaded Chantilly lace underlay. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa spring 2016 collection from back view
Detail on gowns includes feathers and intricate embroidery. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa front row, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Hendricks
Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, and Christina Hendricks at the Marchesa show. Photo by BFA
Marchesa new shoe collection
The new Marchesa shoe collection features laser-cut suede and glittery details. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa spring 2016 collection detail shot
Close-up of Marchesa pastel ombre strapless high-low gown with all over hand-cut petals and feathered corset top. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 2
Marchesa black Chantilly lace and nude tulle bugle-beaded corset gown with fishtail skirt. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa front row Sophie von Haselberg, Bette Midler, Harvey Weinstein
Sophie van Haselberg, Better Midler, and Harvey Weinstein at the Marchesa show. Photo by BFA
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 8
Marchesa one-shoulder, laser-cut corded floral silk black duchess cocktail dress with hand draped bodice and sculptural cascading peplum. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 26
Marchesa antique silver bugle-beaded diamond net lace fishtail gown with godet inserts. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 21
Marchesa pastel ombre strapless high-low gown with all over hand-cut petals and feathered corset top. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa deisgners Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman
Marchesa designers Keren Craig (left) and Georgina Chapman take a runway bow. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa spring 2016 collection from back view
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 17
Marchesa spring 2016 collection from back view
Marchesa front row, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Hendricks
Marchesa new shoe collection
Marchesa spring 2016 collection detail shot
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 2
Marchesa front row Sophie von Haselberg, Bette Midler, Harvey Weinstein
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 8
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 26
Marchesa spring 2016 collection look 21
Marchesa deisgners Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman

While many designers at New York Fashion Week showed relaxed, toned-down looks for next spring, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were among a group who would have none of that. 

The duo's fairy tale collection, shown at the ornate St. Regis Hotel before a celebrity crowd that comprised of producer Harvey Weinstein (Chapman's husband), Bette Midler and daughter Sophie von Haselberg, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Hudson, and Julianne Hough, included a number of entrance-making gowns with voluminous tiered skirts and long trains in dip-dyed tulle pastel shades.

If you're going to walk into a room, make sure everyone notices.

The duo's theme — “a botanical menagerie of caged birds and cascading florals placed under a captivating midnight sky” — appears at first in sheer, lace-beaded corseted gowns lined in black resembling the outlines of a bird cage but more suited for the boudoir.

Other gowns more suitable to charity balls and red-carpet affairs are adorned with feathers, jeweled crystal birds, laser-cut mirrored fragments, and gilded thread work, keeping with the enchanted, ethereal theme of the collection.

Column gowns with strategically placed hand-cut 3-D petals sculpt the body while strapless ball gowns with billowing skirts, each with a train so long that the models had to maneuver around each other during the final runway bow, are the real statement makers. 

A number of short cocktail dresses and "high-low" gowns, with the front hem higher than the back, showcased the new Marchesa footwear collection that's just as glittery as the gowns. The Italian-made shoes, in laser-cut suede and detailed with glittery beading, will arrive in stores in January.

Alas, there's no glass slipper — yet.