Here are pictures I took at the Badgley Mischka show this past Friday. The show was much larger than Naeem Khan's, which meant there were more random celebrities (like Nastia, Heather Graham, even Jason Biggs...) , but it also meant that my seat was further in the back- and that I had to scavenge the entire tent for something closer to claim just before the lights dimmed. Luckily, I was successful.
The Badgley Mischka show definitely fell nicely into the prim and proper trend we saw at many of the spring New York shows. The clothes were all very feminine and flirty: airy pastels, ruffles and frills. Some of the structured looks that are so popular for fall did find their way onto the spring runways in the form of beautiful tailored jackets, coats and pants, however, the overall aesthetic was much more free and unrestricted.
For their evening looks, glitz and glimmer ruled the runway. Sequins, rhinestones and intricate bead work have popped up everywhere, giving night a glamorous and vintage feel. At Bagdley Mischka, they chose more subdued bead work, in the sense that the clothes were never dripping with sequins or beads. This achieved a more sophisticated and less flashy look, perfect for an older, more mature crowd. Their choice of textiles supported this choice also, as they played with sheer chiffons, tulles, and gauzy organzas. These fabrics tend to be breathtaking on their own, so bead work was used mostly as accent, not focus.
Another nice surprise were the random bursts of saturated color that appeared sporadically on the runway. The fuscias and turquoise blues were very refreshing and definitely helped to keep my attention. And as always, I really appreciated the use of texturing and volume, which was rare, but definitely beautiful.
I must say, however, the highlight of the entire show was definitely the fact that I walked out of the tent, side by side with none other than Mr. André Leon Talley, himself. Let me tell you, the man is HUGE. I felt dwarfed next his gianormous stature! He was dressed pretty conservatively, which bummed me out, except for a pair of fantastic, open toe mens shoe/sandals. They were pretty spectacular.