Mark Badgley and James Mischka turned their attention to the concept of relaxed understated glamour for spring. They launched what they called a “luxe lounge” category, featuring a large assortment of easy tailoring, beautiful palazzo pants, caftans and evening separates for at-home entertaining.
They started the collection by thinking about places they’re looking forward to visiting, drawing upon colors and patterns for both a multicultural and ambiguous blend of luxurious ease and comfort. “You can make them even more amazing in your imagination than perhaps they are in reality,” Badgley said of the destinations, adding: “These gorgeous evening separates can take a woman anywhere, whether she’s entertaining at home or crossing the street with a martini in hand for a neighbor’s party.”
For a brand that specializes in statement gowns, understated evening separates were still sure to feature unique touches. Case in point: a chic white blazer cut in terry cloth was covered in sequins and striped suiting featured jogger bottoms for a cooler attitude. A joyful “bon voyage” red floral print was cut into a range of styles, including short and long caftans, cocktail dresses with exaggerated sleeve treatments and day dresses.
A video shot at Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island highlighted statement gowns, too, like a gold sequined number done on a stretch mesh to feel almost like wearing a leotard. “We, of course, have the statement gowns because when people do start to celebrate again, they’re going to want to go all out,” Mischka noted.