Too bad life isn’t one red carpet moment, after another; Leanne Marshall’s exquisitely designed clothing would fit right in.
– PJ Gach
Before Leanne Marshall’s autumn/winter fashion show started; I found myself sitting next to Broadway star, Betsy Wolfe. She was one of the few brave ladies to dress up despite the bitter, arctic cold of the day. Betsy looked chic in a sleekly cut navy sweater dress and a turquoise necklace. As we were chatting, she mentioned that she had worn Leanne Marshall’s gowns to opening night parties and premieres. She went to on to say that she’s worked with the Project Runway alum for years; that Leanne is incredibly sweet in person.
Betsy showed me a photo of her with Woody Allen, it was shot the night Bullets Over Broadway premiered and of course, she was wearing one of Leanne’s creations. The detail work, the embroidery was so incredible on her gown, that you could see it (and swoon over it) in a smart phone app. So imagine what it was like to watch it glide by close up on models during the fashion show.
After a succession of architecturally structured cocktail dresses that drew to mind the Guggenheim. There was an odd, yet compelling juxtaposition between the airy silk gazaar cocktail frocks and gowns and the masculine leather booties (from MIA). It shouldn’t have worked, but instead created a sense of balance.
Then flowing gowns in silks and organza strutted down the runway. Imagine swirling fall leaves dancing at your feet; colored in deep rich reds, ochre yellow, pale beige and tinged with black. Those were the colors of Marshall’s gowns. Some had minute embroideries and details, such as the world’s tiniest pom poms sewed at the edge of a sleeve, others had insets of lace. Each artistic application appeared as if it was sewn on my hummingbirds.
Necklines ranged from strapless, to halter, to plunging vees. Waistlines were nipped, legs were seen and sheer gowns bedecked with appliqués played peek-a-boo with limbs and torsos.