“Pared down” is hardly a description typically applied to the eveningwear of Mark Badgley and James Mischka, but, for fall, nary a bugle bead nor tasseled train showed up on the duo’s runway. But that doesn’t mean the fare was dull. On the contrary, this was a beautifully restrained lineup, with construction and draping taking center stage. Of note: the graceful daywear, with black draped dresses and skirts done in silk and wool georgette, as well as long and short toppers in basketweave bouclé.


Things got formal fast, yet a light touch was evident on the tiered chiffon gowns and columns with tulle overlay; embellishments, like the thin, sparkly beaded shoulder strap of a mauve-and-black satin dress, felt fresh in their relative simplicity. And for the big, if increasingly rare, night on the town? A fabulously rich gold velvet number and a burgundy sequined floor-sweeper.

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