James Mischka, Helen Mirren, and Mark Badgley.


“It’s beautiful, it’s an art book. A great Christmas present for all the woman out there who love fashion.”

It was high praise coming from Helen Mirren, who was touting Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s first book, “Badgley Mischka: American Glamour.” The two designers had set up camp on the fourth floor of Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday night for a book signing, and had invited the dame along with a well-heeled social crowd — Kelly Bensimon, Muffie Potter Aston, Gillian Miniter, Steven Kolb, Mark Gilbertson — to help them celebrate.

“I’m a huge fan and I’ve worn their clothes very often,” noted Mirren, dressed in a gold twin set by Badgley Mischka for the occasion. “My relationship with them started very early on, when I first started having to go to these red carpet events. I was a bit of an innocent in the whole thing of borrowing dresses — I didn’t know how you did all of that. I was so lucky that one of my first experiences was calling upon Badgley Mishcka, and them being so incredibly generous, so easy. I put one of their dresses on, zipped it up and it just fit me perfectly.”

Mirren has continued to don the duo’s designs for many awards shows and events through the years, including for the premiere of her most recent film “Woman in Gold.”

“People ask me ‘what’s your advice for going on the red carpet?’ I always say be comfortable. Because if you’re comfortable, you’re happy, and you can enjoy yourself,” Mirren divulged. “When you find a form, a designer who designs for your sort of shape, you stick like glue to them.”

And would any designer object to that?

helen mirren, badgley mischka

“Badgley Mischka: American Glamour” book celebration at Bergdorf Goodman.

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