A quarter century together! Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka may have tied the knot last year but their life and label have been official for 25 years. My former draping teacher at Parsons had fond memories of watching the two of them work together at a corner table in the classroom in the years before I attended the school myself.
The spring 2015 collection of Badgley Mischka was a parade of elegant day looks and dream gowns. Fluid silk pants and flirty skirts were paired with tweed jackets with motorcycle styling or luxe cardigans for daytime. Evening wear had a gorgeous palette of light purple, pale blue, different shades of grey and caramel.
Many of the bodices or skirts were lavishly embellished with jewels, moonstones and satin flowers. The embroidery was layered on top of lace and tulle. Rich beading was also used to accent the key print of an elaborate cherry blossom pattern.
Accessories were almost as impressive. There was a very sophisticated backpack that upgrades the entire category. There was a giant jeweled bow on a shoulder. Big clear Lucite cuff bracelets were made luxurious with shining stones. Small box clutch handbags had a subtle, holographic finish and decorated with rhinestone motifs. Shoes had delicate straps, often two-toned with python finish leather and embellished with jewels or shiny hardware.
The show’s finale included a shower of balloons and a surprise appearance of Naomi Campbell who walked in Badgley Mischka’s first runway show. Now I can’t wait to see their golden anniversary show!
photos by Mariana Leung