TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE BARD FOR SPRING
Ethereal, I think, would be the word to describe the looks Badgley Mischka sent down the runway at Mercedes Benz Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week. Not surprisingly. They took their inspiration from the 1935 film version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
And, they interpreted it with their usual skill, intricacy and a sense of whimsy. The colors were mystical, nearly lighter than air. Delicate blues and pinks dotted with metallics. Pops of color came in the form of a rich aubergine and a light coral.
This season, they combined the complicated designs of their main collection with the ready-to-wear ease of their bridge line, Mark & James, and each of them shined, in all sorts of ways.
Gowns were layered in tulle and shine. One very light lavender evening dress was made for the red carpet. Most of their evening wear is, of course. But this, with its sparkle and old-fashioned design floated down the runway like a faerie. A white satin gown with sparkling peplum was a work of art. And a periwinkle blue dress looked like it was barely covering the woman who wore it. In fact, periwinkle blue figured greatly in the collection, and it just screamed summer.
The Mark & James looks seemed more about structure, with suits, pants, skirts and dresses tailored to perfection. And there wasn’t a single piece, in either side of the collection, that didn’t shine.
Something, for every merry wanderer of night, and day.
To see video of the Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2013 Mercedes-Benz NYFW runway presentation click below.