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For holiday, Mark Badgley and James Mischka “wanted to offer fun and flirty, yet sophisticated dresses [for] younger girls,” explained Mischka. And they’re doing just that with their new contemporary line, Mark & James, a collection of 30 short styles in true Badgley Mischka fashion — shimmering sequin dresses and sleek, draped strapless frocks. The pair will expand into party separates for spring, all retailing from $300 to $600. Cheers to that.

This story first appeared in the May 20, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.