INSPIRATION: Famed 19th-century circus performer and seductress, Lola Montez. The collection "reveres her satirical circus travels."
TOP LOOKS: Red suede strapless dress cascade cut to look like a rose; black paisley embroidered one-shoulder dress with tattoo beading over sheer netting and white organza cascade swirl skirt; crimson duchesse satin strapless gown with pinwheel tulle ball skirt and cascade of rose petals; short embroidered pink suede open-back dress; pastel feather dresses and skirts
ACCESSORIES: Sky-high Louboutins. Most of the shoes matched the dresses in color, some had bows running up the front. Our favorite was nude mesh pump with sapphire crystal flames licking at the toes. Sheer tights with delicate tattoos and black crystals at ankles and thighs were fantastic, and toughened up the confectionery looks. Georgina Chapman for Garrard jewels.
WHO WAS THERE: It was an entertainment frenzy as usual; Georgina's husband, Harvey Weinstein, held court as Estelle, Brooklyn Decker, Nichole Richie, Molly Sims, Katie Lee, Melissa George, and Beth Ostrosky swanned about in Marchesa. Making a bid to cross-over? Irina Lazareanu, Tinsley Mortimer, and Peaches Geldof also represented.
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Chapman and Craig are always wildly inspired, and in turn, wildly inspiring. This season, the designers did not disappoint. They leaped through technical hoops (as ever). In fact, the circus courtesan inspiration is quite fitting to their high-flying fashion tricks. Gowns defied gravity and fantastical fairy tale dresses with beads and embroidery snaking like tattoos around models' netted arms, necks and legs looked seedy circus cool . Feathers were prominent, mixed and layered into tutu-like mini dresses. A black short star dress even made one think of another performance ring, or rink rather: the Olympics. Were the girls thinking about making a bid from the red carpet to the great white way of Vancouver? With these two, no ambition is too great, and it shows.