Marchesa may be best known for killer red carpet moments–it’s practically an initiation ritual for a Best Actress nominee to have a spotlight moment in one of their ultra-glamorous confections–but it turns out co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig know a thing or two about jet set style, too. Their new contemporary line, Marchesa Voyage, hits Gilt today for the first time, and we chatted with the duo about their inspiration and personal travel wardrobe habits.
StyleFile: You’re so well known for red carpet elegance–how did you translate that aesthetic to a contemporary collection? Any signature elements that were essential to carry over?
Georgina Chapman: We wanted Marchesa Voyage to capture the spirit of elegance and glamour of our brand, just in a more relaxed way that made sense for everyday wear. It was important for the line to have a seasonless feeling and I think the collection really lends itself to a woman who wants pieces that are truly special and unique.
Keren Craig: It was exciting to have the opportunity to translate the Marchesa aesthetic into a daywear collection. For us, it was important to incorporate signature design elements like custom prints and unique embellishments.
SF: Voyage is obviously heavily inspired by travel…what are your favorite escapes?
GC & KC: We’d have to say India. We traveled there together after college and it’s also the place which inspired us to start Marchesa so it holds a very special place in our hearts. The vibrancy of life and culture there is contagious and incredibly inspiring.
SF: What is your approach to packing? Do you keep it light or bring everything?
GC: It really depends on the trip. I like to bring pieces that will work into a few different outfits, and luckily our Voyage line has a range of offerings. I typically pack a few of our printed and jacquard skinny jeans, some light, silk print tops and metallic knits and a great pair of black flats. To be prepared for an evening occasion, I always bring along a couple of Marchesa cocktail dresses and heels from Christian Louboutin.
KC: One of the luxuries of having our new Voyage line is that I am never at a loss for day wear now! I love the silk print trousers which I like to mix and match with the silk and knit print tops from the line. I like to bring along a few Marchesa bag options–I love our python day bag and I’ll usually pack a couple of crystal evening clutch options for a night out.
SF: What pieces should every woman have in her suitcase, no matter where she is headed? Any tips to make sure you’re covered for all occasions?
GC: I would recommend pieces that can transition from day to night. Leather leggings can work for day with a knit top, then lend themselves to evening when paired with a silk chiffon black top. I never for a trip without a pair of leather flats, black patent heels, and a leather jacket.
KC: I have found that printed dresses, such as the ones we created for our Voyage line, can work during the day with flat sandals, then be appropriate for an evening event with a pair of heels. Accessories can really help change a look, so I definitely recommend bringing along a few statement necklaces and a stack of bangles.
SF: What’s your go-to outfit for flying days?
GC: A featherweight T-shirt under an oversize cashmere sweater with our silk leopard-print pants, which are elegant yet incredibly comfortable.
KC: Marchesa Voyage lounge pants layered with our incredibly soft knit cardigan. We also just did a zip-up custom print hoodie for spring/summer, which will definitely become one of my flying day staples.
SF: Your brand has really expanded, first with Notte by Marchesa, then handbags and now Voyage. What can we expect next?
GC & KC: We always dreamed Marchesa would become a lifestyle brand one day, so this is all very exciting. Beauty has been a big focus for us for the past two years–our fragrance, Parfum D’Extase, is sold exclusively at Sephora. We also just launched nail appliquès this past September, and this month we’re launching a limited-edition beauty tool set with Revlon. We have been so blessed with all of the opportunities that have come our way over the years.
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