Thursday, December 26, 2013

Badgley Mischka.

Tues. 09/10/2013.

Badgley Mischka.

I have said it before. I will say it again. If a Design House relies strictly on Evening Wear alone, it can never be truly a relevant force in the Highest Echelons of Fashion. The Redundant Sameness of one Beaded, Sequined, Embroidered frock after another strains not only the eye of the viewer but their patience as well. The world does not revolve around Sequins alone. The true creativity of a design house is a Well-Rounded serving of the full wardrobe of a woman. It's the same for the a house that does NOT offer Evening. The world has Occasions in which a Gown is needed in the utmost. It behooves a designer to not offer looks from Morning to Night.

Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been two of the biggest offenders of this design Phenomena and for those obvious reasons have struggled with their relevancy and the seriousness in which the Fashion Flock at large have taken them. It's ever so true that their mastery at creating some of the most Fanciful Evening gowns the world has seen is undisputed, No Doubt. But with that as a basis for a design company, Outside of their profitable Bridal Business... The fashion world has at once revered them for their Beauty Enhancing Gowns and pretty much ignored them otherwise as forces in the fashion industry. Are they comfortable in being seen in this role? One would be interested to know such things but if they truly matter is insignificant.

What DOES Matter is that the duo has begun to recognize (is there ever the case of too little too late in fashion,,, Probably not!) the Power of an offering of Daywear, Even if said Day Wear is of the most Glamourous Ilk! Influenced this Spring by French Photog Lartigue and the Moneyed Women of the Cote D'Azur whom he snapped pics of back in the 20's Lent a Luminous almost Moonlit Freshness to the collection. The colours were Inspired and Luscious... Lilac, Peach, Orchid, Geranium Red, Starlight Blue, Antique Rose. But those were all offerings after the opening of Solid Navy and White. Which had none of the Sober connotations associated with those colours, in fact it felt Blithe and Airy. The Opening Outfits gave the feeling of the models strolling along the Boardwalk at the Beach in Deauville or Marseilles. Of Especial interest was a Navy/White Tweed Effect Taffeta that was cut into a Stunning Wide Neck Fitted sheath dress at Exit No. 3 that had Couture Edge. A Sweet and Soignee Suit in the same fabric At Exit No. 6 was The Definition of Chic.

Exit No. 8 Epitomized Springtime Buoyancy in a fitted little Peplum top over a Flippy and Femme Polka Dot Skirt. From There after a few more Beachy outfits for day, we were firmly in the Badgley Mischka wheelhouse with one devastatingly beautiful evening frock after another. Even with the Overwhelming repetitiveness of one Gown after another, that didn't fully detract from the Exquisite Craft injected into each of these beauties. Some Standouts from the pack...

Exit No. 17 on Stunner Lais Ribeiro was a Simple Dream in Cadet Blue Crepe that would be Close-Up worthy for any Starlet or Social Star and gently touched with embroidery over the shoulders and capping the shoulders in the back it Twinkled more so than Glittered! The White Glam-Fest at Exit No. 24 Had The kind of Liquid Sensuality that would befit any Modern Day Jean Harlow with the Charming scrolled Feather Embroidery in beads at the Waist and Drapee Back. The Lavender Charmer at Exit No. 29, lavishly detailed in White Floral Lace Applique And Beading Was in just a Single Adjective... Remarkable!

There were some Clunkers that suffered from the exact Polar Opposites of Problems, Some of the gowns, while Gorgeous were amazingly Overworked and Overdesigned while others felt Underdesigned and Forgettable. Exit No. 40 Suffered from the Former while Exit No. 42 Suffered from the Latter. But when it was all said and done, The collection came off with such Exquisitely Effortless and Effervescent ease that one was happy to see the edit shaved of a few evening pieces and the smattering of Absolutely Divine Day Wear make it into the collection. Let's Hope Mark and James keep this up!

That's All.


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