Badgley Mischka RTW Fall 2010 / NYCFW Day-07

In a double showing of their couture and contemporary lines, Mark Badgley and James Mischka handled the showy and lower-key fare beautifully, proving a secondary line doesn’t have to be the watered-down version of the first. Of the couture, terrific understated matte jersey columns started things off, punched up with bands of crystals on shoulders and waists; dense chiffon rosebuds covered one billowy skirt, evidence of the label’s attention to craftsmanship. And gowns in mauve and gold followed, edged in tulle and covered in what Badgley and Mischka called “galaxy” patterns of twinkling crystals.

The mood then shifted to understated — but still glam — sportswear, which comprised the Mark & James contemporary collection and emphasized chic knits and sexy layering. Jersey tops, tissue-thin, were paired under wool and suede vests, while tweedy shifts had an easy versatility. Details were important here: An otherwise ho-hum herringbone dress was punched up with warrior sleeves, and a cute mohair number was made entirely fresh with kimono ones.

© by WWD / Photos by John Aquino

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