Finding Inspiration with Marchesa’s Keren Craig

Oscar, Tony, Emmy — Marchesa runs with an A-list entourage. Designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman are known for planting a garden of grandeur style on each and every red carpet. From the scandalous Kerry Washington to the sensational Taylor Swift, Marchesa reigns popular with tulle for days. We chatted with Craig to learn the ins and outs of being one of Hollywood’s favorite designers.

What were your key inspirations for the fall collection? We were looking at a kind of opium dream. We really took the idea of a hazy 1920s feeling. You’ll see a lot of fringes, feathers and handmade flowers — a lot of very “Marchesa” staples.

Name a highlight within the last 10 years of Marchesa. Sandra Bullock wore our dress to the Oscars and won her Oscar in it. That was a pretty defining moment for us as a brand.

What’s the oddest place you’ve found inspiration? Georgina will often have sparks of inspiration and call me up at strange times in the night to say, “I’ve had a dream,” or “I was searching on the Internet and I found this painting.” Inspiration comes from so many different places. You draw from every day life all the time.

You’re a successful designer and a mother of two. If you had to write a book on parenting, what would the title be? There are No Rules.

If you had to get married all over again, what wedding trend would be on your Pinterest board? When I got married, Marchesa didn’t do bridal so I took one of our gowns and made it in ivory. I didn’t have that moment of going to a bridal salon and trying on the things you normally do when you get married. I would definitely wear the most enormous veil and have the most enormous train. I would be a much more ostentatious bride. I should have worn that veil — damn, I missed that moment!

What’s waiting for you on your DVR at home? My husband and I have a secret obsession with The Walking Dead.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

Should we visit your home base of NYC, what’s the little known place we’d have to visit? The Waverly Inn. It’s very cozy, especially this time of year. The staff is fantastic and the food is delicious.

What’s the one thing you must do when you visit Miami? I plan on doing a lot of shopping. I really want to fit in a little trip to some vintage stores.

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