Mark and James clothes look happy. I had a handful of their wonderful sexy glam movie star things in my shop and, oh happiness, their clothes sold out immediately, a very graceful thing to do. Just a small group of winter black silk chiffon and lace, and I think the lace was hand made. I love that they've added accessories and bridal to what they do. Because ... they totally know what they're doing.
I've become spoiled by that "immediacy" thing even as it is changing the business of fashion; well, Tom Ford is quite put off with it too. I'd love to post the youtube of the show but it's not up yet.
The collection of forty four or so pieces was "proper on the surface and debauched underneath." Some are downright classical, just what old time glam movie stars might have worn. But for the store I wish I had on Abbott Kinney, these are the ones I'd buy. I love the sort of underlying hippie girl, barefoot on the beach, casual mood; sort of Ava Gardner tying a white shirt at the waist of her silk taffeta skirt, even the surprise of Sharon Stone attending the Oscars in a glamorous bouffant evening skirt with a Gap sleeveless turtle in with a black slinky fit. The sheath is just too classic, almost like that Rita Hayworth sarong photo from way back then.
Badgley Mischka website link here.