If you love flourishes — ruffles, oversize bows and plenty of peplums — Mark Badgley and James Mischka are your go-to guys for spring. Their Badgley Mischka, Couture and Mark + James collections felt very Southern belle, with organza brocade sheaths and matelassé gowns, all with yards of tiers and peplums. Many of them were lovely, like the magenta gazar sheath, the pale green floral printed gown and the terrific nude shantung dress with a boldly draped neckline and peplum-waisted pencil skirt. Leathers, especially a marigold dress and a turquoise jacket, and shorts in linen or allover sequins added a playful and sporty slant to the show. Yet combining the three collections was perhaps not the best idea as it resulted in a somewhat disjointed presentation — one that was slowly paced to begin with. The boys were at their best with the last two georgette gowns that floated down the runway: one in blush tiers, the other, nude and embroidered.

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