Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been a tad bicoastal for some time now. The designers produce both their swimwear and shoes in the Golden State, but six months ago they made the leap and moved to Los Angeles. That newfound Californian lifestyle was used to help to shape their resort offering.
“Old California resorts, like in Montecito and Palm Springs,” Badgley said of their seasonal mood board. “These days we buy our fabrics a year out, so really our fabrics are our first inspiration.”
That translates to a mix of occasion clothes but with a bit of ease injected in. They still deliver the level of glamour they are known for though — think cocktail attire, shirtdresses, high day dresses and evening coats over column gowns in a mix of draped silhouettes, in frothy tulles and chiffons and an Italian print or two thrown in for good measure. There were pleated ombre dresses for day and a tiered Neoprene gown for night and their trademark beading was used on several gowns, like a dusty pink option with tulle overlay and bright pink moonstones on the bust and sleeve.
While they are still in New York part of every month, their L.A. energy gave the clothes a nice boast of ease that helped bring their collection of evening frocks to life.