That the Marchesa duo of Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman chose to solely focus their idea of evening around a shimmering, glistening watery palette of petrol blue, lilac, and platinum that was as pretty as it was irony-free was a blessed relief after the last few days. So relentless has the onslaught of intense color been that the emergence of gentler, softer colorations were a joy to behold. They’re not alone in this: Quite a few collections have opted instead to tell their stories through white, cream, and ivory, but that’s another story. Anyway, it’s not that the endless visits to the vivid end of the color spectrum doesn’t have its appeal, but there have been times when it has felt too cacophonous and loud and distracting; please, turn it down, just for a second. Ditto to all those abstract, digitalized, exploded, and graphic florals. Sometimes too much of a good thing is, well, not so good. Also, it has to be said, occasionally it felt like some of those that got the directive Go Big on Bold Hues and Big Patterns acted on it without really thinking through how to work them in ways that will be understandable and desirable to the women who will be buying the clothes. It’s like watching a Bollywood movie: You are dazzled by a lot of flash and color, but you’re not really sure what the hell is going on.
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