Ballgowns on the Beach at Badgley Mischka
by Ian Laughead
ApparelMagic client Badgley Mischka’s spring show offered a breath of fresh air direct from the French Riviera.
Set in a polished black warehouse during New York Fashion Week, Mark Badgley and James Mischka dreamed up an airy, sun drenched collection evoking Capri by way of Boca Raton.
Two show stopping bathing suits all ruffles and rosettes a set the tone for a retro jaunt to the sea or a pool party straight from a Slim Aarons photograph.
For day, the designers set their sights on the workaday shirtdress, imagining it in tangerine linen or fuschia lace, dividing it into separates, or, in one of the closing looks, sewn into a full-length brocade number.
Walking the line between poolside cover-up and luncheon staples, the spring line was by turns modish and strikingly elegant. Swingy minidresses and caftans alternated with satin cocktail dresses trimmed in marabou feathers and bejeweled necklines.
Other highlights included a sleek, long column of white guipure lace with bell sleeves and a couple of red-carpet-ready dresses entirely in sequins.
The designers, never strangers to occasion dressing, embellished a body-skimming white gown with floral beading. Worn with a casual up-do and drippy earrings, the dress begged for a picturesque wedding in the south of France.
The bride who ends up wearing that dress, by the way, might as easily dress her whole bridal party in this collection. Bridesmaids’ dresses, a suit for the mother of the bride, and even something short and white when it comes time for dancing at the reception: Badgley Mischka is an absolute crowd pleaser.