Marchesa designers chose the art of painter John Singer Sargent for their ultra-feminine gowns.

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Highlights from New York Fashion Week looking ahead to next fall-winter, running Jan. 10–18.

Many designers get inspiration for their fashion collections from the art world. This season, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig chose the art of famed American portrait painter John Singer Sargent, who died in 1925, to inspire their always sumptuous, red-carpet ready designs.

“Each girl is going to feel like her own portrait … so we have different characters weaving through the collection,” Chapman said in a backstage interview. “But they all tie together, they are all glamorous, ethereal, a Marchesa woman.”

Specifically, the designers were aiming at capturing “the ultra-feminine strength ” of the women that Sargent painted, and as always, the dresses and gowns were nothing if not ultra-feminine.

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There were sleek, fitted silhouettes as well as princess-style gowns. There was lots of lace and intricate beading, of course, and brocades and silk flowers.

There were, as the designers described them, “pops of color,” for example a dramatic red-to-black ombre tulle ballgown with a tiered skirt and laser-cut organza flowers. There were more casual cocktail dresses too, such as an amethyst-to-lilac ombre fringe dress with floral beading.

On the more fairy-tale side of things, there were a few dresses in filmy pastel tulle, such as a duck egg tulle Grecian gown with billowing sleeves.

Besides the ornate beading, the designers made use of feathers, too, as in a dusty blue ostrich feather cocktail dress with an organza sash.

With the Oscars coming up soon, the designers have yet to find out if their designs will make their way to the red carpet. “We hope!” they both said in unison.

— Gina Abdy and Jocelyn Noveck