Historically during times of war and economic recession, fashion has sought solace in all that is romantic and glamorous—a softened sartorial escapism, if you will. Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka have long been celebrated for their elegant and feminine designs and while red-carpet awards have been channeling Old Hollywood as of late, reflecting an equally challenging and unsettlingly turbulent time on the heels of the Great Depression and WWII, this ladylike aesthetic is intrinsic to Messrs. Badgley and Mischka’s brand philosophy. The dynamic design duo underscored this sentiment beautifully, unveiling 46 new looks for their Spring 2012 Runway Presentation to the soundtrack of When Saints Go Machine’s “Add Ends.”
Backstage the pair noted that this season’s palette was inspired by 1950’s Douglas Sirk films, like the Magnificent Obsession and Written on the Wind, while the silhouette was influenced by Italian futurist artists. Once again, they seamlessly blended eponymous ready-to-wear and diffusion lines on their Spring 2012 Runway. Vibrant colors have made an incredibly strong impact recently, and after season upon season of black, grey, and beige, the industry’s newfound “chromophilia” was embraced wholeheartedly here with shades of violet, teal, pomegranate, lemon, apricot, citron, and marigold. What was especially captivating were the boldly potent juxtapositions of teal with magenta; citron with tangerine; pink with tangerine; and emerald with turquoise.
While the silhouette gave a wink and a nod to the bygone 40’s and 50’s eras, predominantly featuring a variation of dresses, gowns, skirts, skorts, and rompers, with a couple of swimsuits and only 8 of the 46 looks including pants and shorts; even still, the latter had a lighter than air quality about them in chiffon, lace, linen, and taffeta. The brightly-hued color story and impressionist-like prints were a perfect compliment to the collection’s architectural silhouettes. The use of jersey, shantung, brocade, and matelasse demonstrated master tailoring for both the soft and refined as well as the more structured and rugged textiles. Femininity and drama were heightened with the sweep, movement, and flair of tiers, ruffles, and bows. With whittled torsos, fitted skirts, layered peplums, sweetheart necklines, sculpted bodices, and strategically embroidered paillettes; the design direction emphasized an hourglass figure with a defined waist.
Arguably, one of fashion’s greatest portmanteaus, Badgley Mischka is a brand that is steeped in the glamour of yesteryear and the namesake designers are on a mission to deliver that modernized fantasy to women in their everyday lives! So even if you don’t have a “ball gown lifestyle” with occasion to wear one of the finale lace, georgette, or organza dresses, every woman can appreciate an intoxicating hint of unabashedly playful confidence, say in the form of a watermelon linen romper, an emerald leather jacket, or better still a turquoise and citron sequin short.
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