If Fashion Week is like high school, Marchesa is the prom queen. She doesn’t even have to compete like everyone else—she just prettily reigns, laughing and waving naturally all the way down the runway in her custom Louboutins.
The lucky-girl aura surrounding Marchesa is only reinforced by all the A-list celebrities who wear the label on the red carpet. It helps, too, that the line was started by a pair of former models who wear their own brand almost exclusively, with Georgina Chapman, the lead designer, often photographed alongside her movie-mogul husband, Harvey Weinstein, in glam dresses at the see-and-be-seen event du jour. “I am not opposed to wearing other designers,” the photogenic Chapman told Vogue in 2008. “The problem is other people find it strange when I do.”
Named for the Milanese marchesa Luisa Casati—the Belle Epoque high priestess of fashion eccentricity, who was known for taking her pet cheetahs for walks—the line was born in Chapman’s London flat in 2004, with a handful of dresses….