FASHION WEEK: Awe-inspiring red carpet looks for spring 2016

Renee Minus White | 9/18/2015, 10:24 a.m.
At Art Beam, Leanne Marshall opened New York Fashion Week with an artful, modern twist. Her show ushered the audience ...
Spring-summer 2016 designs by Leanne Marshall Getty photos for Leanne Marshall Designs

At Art Beam, Leanne Marshall opened New York Fashion Week with an artful, modern twist. Her show ushered the audience on a journey of rebirth. Her gowns are simply gorgeous. One right after another, the audience was captivated by the glitter, glamour and intricate details. Designer Leanne Marshall is one of the most successful Project Runway winners. “I have always wanted to create a collection that struck an emotion- al connection,” indicated the designer after the show.

Models strutted down the runway in a series of four stories. Gowns ranged from apocalyptic, dark world with moody black dresses drip- ping with intricate details to a birth of nature reclaimed. “Dark World,” the first series, included nine black dress looks with several custom-designed digital prints in luxurious silk and organza. This selection dripped with a chic edge. Demonstrating a new take on the little black dress, these styles are accented by an inverted neckline and beading.

“Tsunami,” the second series, was filled with mimicking blue hues of water in silhouettes that felt like waves cascading down the runway. Standout designs include a full-length navy gown with a layered silk twill cutout bodice and a printed chiffon skirt. A royal blue silk gown with a deep-v neckline and a sophisticated pleated asymmetrical overlay was also stunning.

The third series, “Calm- ing Waters,” began with ethereal soft shapes. It was a combination of lavender and pale blue-toned hues and original watercolor prints. The ice- blue spaghetti strapped silk organza gown with a draped bodice received applause.

Marshall’s last 10 looks, called “Nature Reclaimed,” gradually progressed from light, earth-toned, unconstructed dresses to vibrant, kelly green floor-length pieces. These looks punctuated the highlight of Marshall’s collection. Her storybook line was both wearable and beautiful.