Marchesa. Red carpets. The two are synonymous. Led by design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the toothsome twosome have got A-lister gowns on lockdown. The good news for us everyday women? The pair have recently launched a ready-to-wear line (priced $260 to $500) called Marchesa Voyage.
To toast their new trajectory, Craig made a personal appearance at locally loved Kristine Michael boutique. Miami.com chatted up the NYC-based design darling.
Bienvenidos a Miami! What do you love most about the city?
I’d have to say the energy. Even on a normal day, when there isn’t a huge convention going on and Art Basel is over, Miami is always so alive — sometimes even in the middle of the night!
Marchesa is one and the same with red carpets and ethereal gowns, but Marchesa Voyage is more casual. Describe it for those not in the know.
We’ve always had a vision for Marchesa to be a full lifestyle brand, and so the next natural step for us was to design a contemporary collection. With Marchesa Voyage, we wanted to capture the essence of our brand, but at a more accessible price point, created for everyday wear. Voyage has its own DNA.
Both you and Georgina Chapman are moms. How do you juggle it all?
I suppose I approach it in the same way most working mothers do, with a lot of careful coordination and scheduling. I’m also fortunate to be able to have my daughters visit me at work. They often come to the office to spend time with me. It’s always lovely when Georgina’s children visit at the same time. My older daughter, Delilah, loves spending time with Georgina’s daughter, India.
The muse for Marchesa is 20th century Italian heiress and socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Who is the inspiration for the Voyage line?
Marchesa Luisa Casati, of course! Even though Marchesa Voyage is a contemporary collection, we still always look to her as our muse and work to create clothing that resembles a glamorous, effortless and season-less global lifestyle.