For Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, resort is a time for a little more ease in their collection. The Petit Trianon was the starting point for Marchesa Resort 2014 Collection, the place where Marie Antoinette used to go to let loose. But although the duck-egg blue, blush pink, and hand-painted floral print were straight out of Marie Antoinette’s closet, there wasn’t a bustle or corset in sight. Chapman takes a more subtle approach to her pre-collections than she does to her runway shows. Whereas Fall, with its own riffs on the eighteenth century, was somewhat heavy-going, this felt soft and light. Embroideries, where they existed, were as understated as the collection’s color palette. Similarly, a short-in-front/long-in-back hem lent a ruffled organza number a delightful sense of ease. Still, these weren’t sundresses made for lounging around among the wildflowers. Rather, they were event dresses from start to finish. There’s no bigger party than a wedding; Chapman’s strapless gown in pale blue tulle would make a ravishing choice for an unconventional bride. For the Marchesa woman who loves a signature, the duo have designed a few simpler red styles, plus a white tulle showstopper with an intricately beaded gold-and-feather bodice and spangled ball skirt. The drop-waist look they’ve been playing with in seasons past makes an appearance, too, most impressively on a voluminous piece made from a hand-painted floral basket-weave silk. It’s a modern flower-print, however, made so by its almost-abstract brushstrokes and a presence of neon green. Just as impressive as the dresses: Marchesa’s evening bags, so intricately beaded, embroidered, and appliquéd. Think of a pony-hair and sting-ray tasseled envelope clutch, a pink-and-ocher raffia-embroidered minaudière, or a gold-appliquéd clutch dotted with malachite. Each one is almost too special to use. In other words, fit for a queen.