Even with the relaxed vibe, the duo couldn’t resist adding in a few looks where the message was about glamour. An emerald satin gown with a draped back was gala-worthy, as were sequin-laden striped pieces and a pair of appealing dresses on which magnolia blossoms featured prominently. Displayed at the Miles McEnery Gallery, the embellished pieces popped alongside artwork by Tom LaDuke and Monique van Genderen. The collection ended with a final flourish, a ruffle-laden crimson piece that banished all thoughts of cozy dressing.
PRE-FALL 2019 Badgley Mischka
The Badgley Mischka woman is changing. “She’s no longer content to sacrifice comfort for style,” shared Mark Badgley during a visit to the brand’s atelier. “No matter the occasion, she still wants to feel comfortable.” That desire for ease was reflected in Badgley Mischka’s seasonal outlook after a fairly bombastic 30th-anniversary collection in September; Pre-Fall with its extended shelf-life and accessible nature called for a fresh direction. Though the duo kept their signatures—bold embellishment and refined shapes—they offered them in new fabrications that focused on movement and lightness. A classic suit-dress in royal blue fit for Meghan Markle and her ilk was delivered in sporty scuba fabric that hugged the body, as did an array of cocktail looks and gowns. Stretchy striped dresses with criss-cross details added a bit of playfulness to the mix, while bejeweled necklines decked with sequins, miniature flowers, and embroidery provided a decadent final touch.