Insta-Critic: 1920s Glamour at Marchesa

Tonight at Marchesa, Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman channeled 1920s Hollywood glamour with fringed, feathered, and embellished evening gowns. Keeping things modern were wispy tops (or as one ‘grammer noted, “chest covers”) covered in delicate embroidery and paired with slim pants. Also keeping things current? New mom Blake Lively’s front-row presence gave the label the young Hollywood seal of approval.

Karolina Kurkova is absolutely stunning at Marchesa #models #followthebuyers #marchesa #NYFW #fashion #frontrow

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Karolina Kurkova opens Marchesa

On the runway at #Marchesa. #nyfw [Photo by Alexandra Whittaker]

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A feathered gown on the runway

Not exactly a shirt, kind of a flowery chest cover but real pretty #marchesa #nyfw

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Poppy red embellishments

A beautiful end to the day @marchesafashion. #marchesa #nyfw

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A flower-festooned finale gown

#Marchesa front row #comingoverfordinner #nyfw

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BFFs Anna and Blake sit front row at Marchesa

Fashion Week Seats Hit the Auction Block

In recent seasons there’s been talk of a small fashion week stimulus package in the form of selling off show seats. Surely not a bad idea given the industry’s recent economic struggles, the proposal has been controversial nonetheless. But come New York Fashion Week 2010, which kicks of February 11, two very well-known designers are taking matters into their own hands and hawking tickets to their shows… granted, all proceeds will go to charity. Marchesa just announced that they’ll auction off tickets to their fashion week presentation: bids for which are currently clocked in at $1,850. Although, it’s not just a VIP pass to the presentation the winner will win. “Not only will the winner receive a collection dress—which she’ll get to choose herself at the design duo’s Manhattan studio—she’ll also get two VIP passes to the label’s February 17 presentation at Chelsea Art Gallery,” says Fashionista.

(‘DiggThis’) “The multitasking model, designer, and do-gooder is selling five tickets to her Fall ’10 Erin Wasson x RVCA show on February 11 to benefit the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Haiti,” says, of the show which will take place at ABC Carpet & Home and is said to include a live music act. The cost of the front row seats in question? $1,500. While that may seem especially steep, keep in mind five of the tickets were sold before details were confirmed; meaning a total of 10 front row seats will be occupied by the highest bidders come fashion week. Dying to get into the show and consider over a grand a deal? Contact