While exquisitely embellished as always, I found Marchesa Spring 2013 far more temperate than I am used to expecting from Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. I have come to anticipate being transported to a romantic, highly wrought fantasy when viewing a Marchesa collection. And though the Southeast Asian inspiration is evident rather than literal (for that I am grateful. Nothing is quite as disappointing as seeing inspiration literally transplanted into a collection), the beading and embroidery technique is the most exciting aspect for me. The overall look is feminine and certainly very pretty, but that is really the only feeling I draw from it. The prerequisite silk, tulle, and gold lace are all there, but there is nothing inspired about this collection. Perhaps I am being a bit harsh about what is, after all, a very elegantly put together collection. It is rather difficult to sustain a hit with collection. However, we have seen better from Chapman and Craig I want to feel something beyond just “pretty” from a Marchesa collection. And on that note, at least, it will make for a rather gorgeous set of prom dresses come spring.