Ten years before losing her crown, Marie Antoinette commissioned a custom hamlet to be built on the grounds of Versailles as her own petite farming village where she and her friends could live out an idyllic, pastoral fantasy—a fantasy that will find new life on the Spring 2013 runway. "We were inspired by the hamlet's beguiling rustic charm juxtaposed with all the refinement of an Empress," says the design team at Watters of its starting point this season.
The sun-kissed ease and breezy elegance Marie Antoinette enjoyed at her private escape are translated into this gown, called "Odette," which features a strapless lace bodice, a banded waistline, and a full, cascading skirt. "The bride that would wear this dress is someone with a confident sense of self," the team says. "The torchon lace, free-floating hem, and detailed bodice give the dress a pastoral feel while the silhouette makes it appropriate for any occasion."
Stay tuned for full Fashion Week coverage starting April 11, and see how last season's sketches translated into real-life runway creations.
—Phillip B. Crook