Mark Badgley and James Mischka showed some gorgeous red-carpet-worthy gowns at their Tuesday morning show at Bryant Park. Included were some gorgeous column gowns, and a charming little gold confection made of what looked like a series of connected peony blossoms. But there were more “serious” clothes, too, including some work ready dresses that would knock the socks off a potential lucrative client or two. The second half of the show featured clothing from Mark & James, the lower priced line that the duo launched in 2009. In fact, there were twice as many outfits sent down the runway for the Mark & James collection as there were for the more formal Badgley Mischka line.
These were, for the most part, young looking pieces of wool, jersey, and leggings. Sequins were applied liberally, keeping most of the pieces from completely losing their winking sense of humor over their fabulousness. With the exception of one or two of the formal gowns, the color palette was muted and featured a lot of black, as have the collections of a number of designers this past week. It could come as a big relief for those shoppers for whom color play is an intimidating task.