The promise of pooling hemlines and liquid sequins made by Badgley Mischka’s Pre-Fall collection was quite fulfilled in their A/W runway showing. It was almost too luxurious, too golden and furred and glowing. But then again, it was Badgley Mischka, and therefore the pieces being incredibly glamorous sure bets for red carpet best-dressed lists is a given.
The runway was anchored by a projection of snowfall over a Central Park footbridge, which became more and more appropriate as the models walked: the collection was New York fashion at its most shining moments, from the thirties through today.
Blending their Mark & James line seamlessly with their regular line, evening gowns done in gunmetal and rose silks were lit by beaded embellishments and spare teal details.
There were elements of Escher in the front panel of a floor length black gown, and there were certainly lashings of Art Deco in the neck pieces of a few dresses and the construction of two others that read like Erte armor.
Aside from a lackluster bulky coat and pajama suit, the collection was flawlessly elegant and modern without being derivative; quite a feat in the age of the retro redux.