Mark Badgley and James Mischka play to a woman who takes her glamour to heart, while flaunting it head-to-toe. The collection (Badgley Mischka, Mark + James and Couture combined seamlessly on the runway) celebrated her opulent leanings with an unbridled display of unapologetic glitz. Chiffons and organzas were richly embellished; metallic tweeds and lamé shone on their own with an easy pajama tunic and pants in antique gold or a jet shirt version with moss pants. Shapes shimmered for evening as in the jet and emerald beaded and sequined gown or the platinum lamé brocade. For the most part, the clothes worked because the designers kept their silhouettes in check — the short hourglass, the lean matte jerseys and sequined eveningwear. Once in a while they even pulled back from the sparkle, as with a sensually draped black crepe column. What didn’t work: the pace. Guys, you’ve got to speed it up.

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