Marchesa makes magic at New York’s Crown restaurant
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Written by Krissa Rossbund
Photographs by Jonny Valiant
Produced by Erin Swift
There’s no rule that dictates an intimate dinner is best enjoyed at home. An unexpected setting and the pleasure of being served holds special allure. Even better—why not a meal prepared by a favorite chef? It’s an idea that appealed to fashion designers and cofounders of Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, above, as they planned a celebration dinner in New York. A dining room in the Upper East Side’s Crown restaurant would be their red carpet, with the table dressed in pieces from their own couture tabletop collection—Marchesa by Lenox—for a color-saturated setting that struts with unforgettable attitude.
In the paneled dining room of Crown, the two style setters fashioned a table for eight near the fireplace. Experts in draping beautiful garments on famous bodies, Georgina and Keren designed a multilayered look for the table that started with two tablecloths: a gray-and-white hand-blocked print to match the napkins and an overlay of white linen. They continued the layering using two alternating colors of their delicately patterned bone china placed atop silver trays at each setting. The “Empire Pearl” dinnerware they chose “was a collection created to emulate the embroideries we use on our garments,” explains Georgina.
As with a runway event, where accessorizing can make a difference, the table’s centerpiece of cobalt-blue Italian glass vases filled with pink peonies and trailing strands of fuchsia Phalaenopsis orchids offers a striking embellishment. Matching motifs on vases and china add to the charm of the arrangement.
Whether their stage is the runway or a table, the duo’s style is inimitable. “Entertaining is the perfect way to translate my vision by incorporating my own vintage elements,” says Keren. “I like to channel creativity into mediums that stretch beyond fashion.”