The richness of Vienna was the inspiration behind Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s beautiful lineup, in which they showed their Collection mixed with pieces from Badgley Mischka Couture.
The influence was reflected most obviously in the strapless ballgowns, as in an array of bold plissé brocades. But it was evident throughout the dressy collection for day and night, from fancy luncheon looks to sportier lean evening dresses with plenty of glitter.
The designers showed a wonderful mix of fabrics. One dress came in a gray tweed sleeveless top with a brown plaid skirt; another circle-skirted, long-sleeve dress was worked in a golden tweed, and an ebony cashmere shell had a Klimt-inspired lavishly embroidered slim skirt. They were lovely and timeless, as were many of the duo’s simple little black dresses. The star of the gowns was a pale gray chiffon tiered V-neck look, belted, edged and embroidered at the sleeves and shoulders in gold.