Mark Badgley and James Mischka believe the day begins at 5 p.m. So for their Badgley Mischka resort collection — with not a day look in sight — the boys delivered an unapologetically dressy and sophisticated collection of gowns, tea-length dresses and flirty flared looks. The bright yellows and blue and bold floral prints were influenced by their boyhood memories of sunny California. And the shapes recalled the Sixties and Fifties — specifically the Norman Norell-style sleeveless sheaths and the short, swingy strapless dresses with swimsuit tops and flared skirts, cut in brocades.
But Badgley and Mischka had no problem landing squarely in the here-and-now, and they did it beautifully via an ivory strapless sheath with a few bold and scattered embroidered flowers. There were plenty of richly beaded gowns and others in a collage of guipure and re-embroidered lace, as well as columns, delicately embroidered with plastic paillettes and kaftans.