Marchesa: gowns that could catch a thief

There’s resort wear, and then there’s the types of frocks Grace Kelly swished around the French Riviera in while romancing John “The Cat” Robie in To Catch A Thief. Marchesa‘s resort 2012 offering falls, or rather drapes gracefully, into the latter category. That mixture of refinement and restraint with femininity and poise, as it manifested in the 50s and 60s, has found its way into a number of 2012′s resort collections – Valentino amoung them. The trending hues are transported straight from the era: soft pastels and citrus colours, coral and peppermint and white. Where Marchesa differs is in deep teal silks and the odd pop of fuschia, the latter in whimsical peplums, the former in draping cascade bodices of a vintage elegance no words can describe.

While Marchesa reached absolute high notes in their romance with floor-length chiffon, they didn’t leave the cocktail hour unaccounted for. A metallic mini and some knee-length versions of their sweeping gowns are statements that are youthful, but without forsaking their Princessly grace.

marchesa resort 2012

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Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection
Marchesa Resort '12 Collection

A feast for the eyes that you’ll not want to miss, you can view more of the Marchesa resort 2012 collection by clicking on the thumbnails.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.