Multi-coloured embroidered flowers trickled across silk tiered ruffles and billowing sleeves, while black silk frocks and dresses were hand-painted with yellow birds. "It's a more languid feel but with the detailing, the beadings we always do. We wanted to have an ease to the collection," said Georgina Chapman, one half of the team behind Marchesa and Weinstein's wife.
Marchesa returns home for LFW
Speaking to AFP backstage at Banqueting House, the royal palace where the show took place beneath a 17th-century Rubens ceiling, Chapman and her partner Keren Craig, both British, said it was "very exciting" to be back. "We're back home. It's ten years since the inception of Marchesa which we dreamed up here, so it seemed like an appropriate occasion," said Chapman.
Earlier, London Fashion Week regular Julien Macdonald wowed the crowd with a wedding dress embroidered with diamonds and pearls that he said was worth more than 4 million pounds (6.5 million dollars). It was the finale of a collection of slim-fitting dresses with bold patterns incorporating flower and tattoo shapes, showcased in the conservatory of the Royal Opera House.
"My bride is a mermaid that swims in the sea, covered in treasure," Macdonald said, explaining the inspiration for the wedding gown. "She takes the buried treasure and translates it into her dream ethereal wedding dress -- diamonds, pearls, expense, lace, glamour. "It's the most important day of a woman's life and why not have the most expensive dress in the world?"
London Fashion Week continues on Sunday with shows by Vivienne Westwood's Red Label, Mary Katrantzou, Topshop Unique, Paul Smith and Jonathan Saunders. (AFP)
Photos: British Vogue