Mark Badgley and James Mischka may be known for their high-voltage entrance makers, but for spring they took on one highly unlikely theme: Shaker style. "The elegance and simplicity," Mischka explained before the show. "Not the self-deprivation and the torture."

But even if they don't know a Shaker from a Quaker, the designers did a fine job at toning down their look and refining its details. Dresses in pristine white cotton lace were made modestly glam with ribbon and crystal trim, and throughout a light touch in the beading department meant gowns twinkled instead of going bling. Gossamer Empire numbers were layered with feathery lace, while a mere crust of crystal beading peeped out from the bodice of a billowy chiffon gown.

As the Shakers say: 'Tis a gift to be simple — but, you know, decorated.


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