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The mermaid was muse at the Palm Court of the Plaza with one Marchesa fantasy frock after another _ all befitting a princess of the sea.

Some of the gowns _ and eveningwear is pretty much all Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig do _ only borrowed the mermaid silhouette, with its tight bodice and flared hemline, but other looks recreated underwater sights and sounds.

A hand-embroidered cocktail dress had “fish threadwork and oyster silk cording,” while another dress covered in silver beads also had a sculpted “fin” at the hip.

Dresses with long feathers captured the movement of plants in the water, and sheer illusion fabrics allowed embellishment to float, seemingly unattached to anything.

“It’s all got a watery, magical feel,” said Chapman in an interview earlier this week.


The clothes aren’t necessarily for next season. They’re supposed to last longer than that.

The brand’s mantra is timeless looks that still fit with the trends, head of women’s design Marissa Webb and her menswear counterpart, Frank Muytjens, said backstage before their first-ever appearance at the seasonal previews.

“We don’t want to be disposable fashion,” Webb added.

Mixing casual classics with unexpected dressier touches is another tradition for the label, leading a denim Western-style shirt to be paired with a sequin skirt.

“I didn’t style anything differently than I normally would. I still want it to be J.Crew,” Webb said.

Still, she said she woke up before her alarm clock in anticipation of the show.

And Muytjens acknowledged that he sweat this collection a little more, too. “I felt a little more pressure.”


Acra is known for luxury _ lavish, embellished gowns perfect for the red carpet.

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