Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Roving Reporter: Badgley Mischka

While everyone is reverting to refined glamour, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the duo behind super brand Badgley Mischka, served us with a dose of full on glamour this morning in New York. “It never makes sense to do something that we’re not about” says Badgley, sharing a similar sentiment to Matthew Williamson, who also stuck to his guns and went against the grain at his show this morning.

The collection was a well edited mix of understated elegant day time looks in all black, and full on glamorous evening dresses, many of which will undoubtedly be making a red carpet appearance this weekend at the Oscars.

The show started with very sophisticated black statement pieces. Coats and dresses were all nipped in at the waist and teamed with simple black necklaces and patent clutch and totes, building on the ladylike elegant trend that has been building in New York over the last few days.   The feel of the first few looks was very elegant without trying too hard. Silhouettes were clean and timeless and presented wardrobe staples like the shift dress that will easily take you from season to season.

Despite retaining their glamorous aesthetic where most designers are pulling back due to the economic climate, the duo did serve us with a very wearable collection that will definitely have the buyers bringing out their cheque books.

Black looks were interestingly prevalent in the beginning of the show, emphasising the infrequent burst of gold and silver on some of the key evening looks.

So not to disappoint, the last part the show showcased what Badgley Mischka do so well. Evening dresses in beautiful jewel tones made the front row swoon with the immense attention to detail on the folds and draping.

The collection was solid and definitely the most sophisticated collection we’ve seen from New York yet this season.   

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