Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Summer '11 Badgley Mishka and Nonchalant Beauty

Mark Badgley and James Mischka do sexy lady clothes, a very glamorous category that can get very spendy (exquisite luxurious fabrics, all that hand work and this is insanely well made or it won't work) and really, without saying absolutely, I'd rather sleep with peas tucked under my feather beds than look through the scads of designers who can't do this with their light, breezy hand.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Love the review from WWD:

    Inspired by the 1988 murder mystery “White Mischief,” Mark Badgley and James Mischka delivered plenty of their trademark evening glamour in a show that included looks from their three lines: the main and couture collections, plus the sportier contemporary line Mark + James. And though mixing everything together on the runway made it nearly impossible to discern a singular focus for each collection, it did help drive home the designers’ playfully seductive take on the season — “proper on the surface and debauched underneath” is how they put it during a preview. This feeling came through in sophisticated-sexy pairings — a floaty pool-print chiffon over a macramé bikini top and cotton taffeta shorts, for example, or a long-sleeve tulle top encrusted with crystal beads, worn over a white knit tank and high-waisted denim shorts. There were other hints, as well — a dramatic black-and-white one-shoulder chiffon gown, with frayed ruffles at the shoulder and spilling down one side.

    But Badgley and Mischka tempered the dazzle with natural touches such as the petal-like appliqués that adorned many dresses, beaded and metallic macramé details and even some disk embellishments that recalled sand dollars.


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