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Friday, September 7, 2007

Badgley Mischka Spring 2008 Collection: 70s-Inspired Femininity

If the design duo of Badgley Mischka decide to retain actress Teri Hatcher as their label's face for the Spring 2008 ad campaign, they would be geniuses. Their sportswear selections for the spring would suit Teri to a tee. Appealing to a more refined, self-assured woman, Badgley Mischka's Spring '08 collection mixes 70s-inspired sportswear in lush fabrics and a muted color palette with evening wear decked out in true BM tradition featuring beaded gowns fashioned with an Art Deco silhouette in mind. I'm sure many in the fashion world will critique this slightly awkward pairing and call the collection "disjointed". While some specific pieces might require a bit of adjusting in the future if Mark and James wish to continue down this design path, they have remained true to their design philosophy and that is more than can be said for many of their peers.
When I say their sportswear was inspired by the 70s, I do not exaggerate. Wide brim hats, short shorts and relaxed tailored pants dominated the runway. Prints shared the landscape with degrade patterns on everything from swimsuits to tops to dresses. The feminine and sophisticated sportswear served as an ideal backdrop for Badgley Mischka's handbag collection.
It seems many of the designs featured on the runway are part of BM's new day bag collection. The colors were in keeping with what appears to be a trend for spring - cremes, browns and greys. Shapes were also 70s-inspired with envelope clutches sharing the spotlight along side large, slouchy totes, structured satchels, messenger-style shoulder bags and novel handbags with cut-out handles. The gold-tone hardware and rampant use of oversized turn-lock closures as well as expandable bottoms were in keeping with the collection's retro feel. Other noteworthy pieces featured black/white swirl-patterns, straw exteriors and patent leather. Yes, ladies, patent leather is here to stay, and why not? It's a relatively inexpensive way of jazzing up any look. These fashion designers are very smart indeed.

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