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Badgley Mischka: Sweet Debauchery

Simone Goller
September 14th, 2010 @ 5:10 PM - New York

If successfully combining couture and casual pieces on the same runway is a fashion feat, than Badgley Mischka hit a homerun at their New York fashion week show at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Alongside looks from their main line and couture gowns, they mixed in styles from their more contemporary Mark + James collection. Adding a much needed variety to the upcoming spring, the three in-house labels showed together this season for the second time.

Inspired by the 1987 film "White Mischief," which takes place in a colony in Africa, the pair took creative cues from the movie's idea of a woman "with a very languid, proper veneer, with a smoldering sensuality just beneath the surface," as program notes read. Pink-lipped and sweet on the outside was the uniform, while mystery and debauchery leered through from the lean silhouettes.

Couture hemlines were dropped and collars were modestly high, but there was no shortage of skin. The back is back as the body part of choice for spring. Exposed with plunging backlines, the bold touch added understated sensuality when merely covered by hanging beads or just simply bare.

Casual looks included loose-sleeved and boxy shaped georgette tops, which made the perfect complement to the high-waisted denim shorts and pants that reinvigorated the 70s vibe commonly seen this season. A desert suede vest over a gold tulle and chiffon camisole was both retro and yet modernized with a chunky gold necklace.

"By watching how people shop, we saw the same person buying both Badgley Mischka and Mark + James but for different occasions," James Mischka said after the show, thus leading to the sartorial assortment.

Even with all the less formal options, the show featured all the chiffon gowns and organza dresses expected from this duo, famously known for their dresses and bridal wear. Front row frequenters such as Gabrielle Union, Kristin Cavallari and Denise Richards will still have plenty of new looks to chose from.

The show ended with a praiseworthy one-shouldered white and ebony couture gown, and as the lights lifted the buzz of enthusiasm began and it seemed this collection was what many were waiting for. Mark Badgley's response to the lauded show was similar. "I was watching the monitor as the girls were coming out and it all looked great," he said. "It felt good, very good."

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