Badgley Mischka. S/S ’11 preview

by Katie on August 5, 2010

Earlier this week I was invited to an event held by sales agents, ClaraModa, to preview some early Spring /Summer ’11 collections. How could I not, a full month before they’ll be shown in catwalk shows throughout the world? The most interesting preview collection was from American design team, Badgley Mischka, who are synonymous with dressing A list stars.

Badgley Mischka are renowned for their very New York state of mind, high wattage approach to ‘drop dead glamma’. Echoes of Halston run through their various collections teamed with a 21st approach to styling: One shouldered glitter sheaths with spike heels (check), sweater dresses with over the knee satin boots (check), see through jersey with bright silver lurex leggings and an attitude out to here (check). Hailed by by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers” and darlings of the Hollywood set, I just had to drop by and check out their pieces from the Spring/Summer ’11 mainline collection as well as their secondary line, Mark & James.

Silver glitz and hot brights were strong (as ever at Badgley Mischka) but there was an old style glamour thread running through the pieces I viewed. A silver sequin ‘flapper’ dress with feathered hem and ribbon belt was skittishly delightful as were the fully fringed, thigh skimming, ’20’s starlet dress with ornate bead detailing. More sleek modern Hollywood types (think Gwynneth or Cameron) with be reaching for the navy, strapless sequin bandeau dress with silk organza panelling. Very slick.

Fashion forward elements came via the ruched raffia type pieces: A one shouldered cream dress Incorporated texture, vision and sexy in one stroke while the fuchsia strapless version falling above the knee looked like tightly coiled roses stitched together for show stopping effect.

The Badley Mischka designs are constructed of the finest fabrics with superior craftsmanship. There is always an element of interest, either in the silhouette or with luxurious detail. They have remained true to their design philosophy and the consistent integrity of their collections have constantly pushed them to the forefront of their genre.

Grecian type sheaths with shoulder detailing emphasised long lean lines. An overflowing white sheath oozed re carpet walks while the purple cocktail version would seal any date.

A frothy, deep pink organza piece rustled with femininity and layers. If you’re seeking to ramp up your flouncy feminine wiles, Carrie Bradshaw, look no further.

Badgley Mischka, I’m looking forward to the NY catwalk show.

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