The design duo of Mark Badgley and James Mischka comprise one of America’s most preeminent fashion portmanteaus. The pair once exclusively known for their red-carpet gowns have slowly, but surely, ventured into other arenas. Their lifestyle brand has expanded to include handbags, shoes, jewelry, optical, and hats. This design explosion was evident from the Badgley Mischka Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Runway, which seamlessly blended the aforementioned with organza gowns from their couture collection; chiffon and georgette dresses from the Badgley Mischka ready-to-wear line, and daytime summer separates from their Mark + James range, alike.
Inspired by the 1987 film, White Mischief, which chronicles the events of a 1941 murder case in Happy Valley, Kenya, the collection hinted at an element of danger and intrigue bubbling beneath the surface of calm, cool, and collected exterior. Messrs. Badgley and Mischka debuted a collection of 43 looks, sending their models sauntering out from a backdrop of a garden scene to a soundtrack of The Temper Trap’s infectious “Sweet Disposition”.
With a palette that boasted colors like sky, pool, sahara, mint, eggshell, sand, desert, sunrise, coral, rose, smoke, and peach, it was evident that the collection was strongly inspired by themes in nature. That influence was further pronounced by exquisite details in mosaic prints, sequined separates, lurex embroideries, and petal appliqués. The metallic tint throughout the presentation’s day separates and evening gowns summoned fashion’s reoccurring love affair with gilded accents, but was undoubtedly a subtle wink and a smile to the more flamboyant decade of the 1970’s. The carefree period was deftly reinterpreted by a series of relaxed separates, imparting billowy sleeves and fuller pant legs.
My favorite looks from the Badgley Mischka Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the cloud and lake chiffon and jacquard gown; the sand and ivory organza dress; the ivory sand, and cumin chiffon top paired with the goldmist sequin shorts; the petal georgette dress; the smoke chiffon dress; the coral georgette top and white denim shorts; and the one-shoulder white and ebony chiffon gown. Mark Badgley and James Mischka have luxury coursing through their veins; they even managed to elevate a cotton muslin dress in one look and a macramé vest in another. Who knew that macramé could be so elegant?
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