Sep 2017 NYFW: Badgley Mischka

The first thing I had on my mind as I opened my eyes this morning was, “Don’t miss Badgley Mischka’s show!” Could I have found pre-recorded footage of it later on in the day? Absolutely. Did I want to watch pre-recorded footage of it? Absolutely not. Badgley Mischka is one of my favorite designers (among so many others), so this was something I wanted to watch live.

As I mentioned in my rundown of last night’s Mimi Prober show, I would do just about anything to be able to attend Fashion Week in person. Though a party or two wouldn’t be awful, the shows are everything. That being said, the next best thing that I can do (being a sad little unpopular and uninvited lifestyle blogger), is watch every live show I can get my hands on. I got up early and I set multiple alarms. The result? I came. I saw. I loved.

 

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As I watched everyone bustle around in their seats, I wondered what surprises the show had in store. Based on the shows I’d already seen, some of the popular themes  included airy florals, sheer dresses/skirts, structured utilitarian jackets, cropped tops and dangling belts/ties. Although I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Badgley Mischka’s S/S 2018 collection, I was pretty sure that it would stay true to the classic sophistication the line is known for.

 

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Sure enough, the collection consisted of classic silhouettes and styling. However, there were whimsical adjustments made to pockets, sleeves and necklines, which gave everything a dose of cheerfully flirty glamour.

 

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Early in the show it became apparent that layered tassels would be sticking around for the 2018 Spring and Summer seasons. Badgley Mischka’s collection featured tassels of all sorts. From tie ends to neckline adornments, stacked tassels added a fun flair to the otherwise demure pieces.

I was really liking the substantial tie fronts on these particular dresses. It gave these pieces a casual, laid-back feel that is perfect for the spring and summer seasons.

 

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Bell sleeves, bell sleeves, bell sleeves. This was an element I saw a few times throughout the show. Though I am typically not a fan of flowy bell sleeves, these structured ones were actually quite nice.

This skirt and jacket combo particularly caught my eye, as I am loving pale blue and white right now. With just the right amount of sweetness, I thought this outfit was really pretty.

 

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Badgley Mischka didn’t stop their sleeve game at just bell sleeves though. From cuffs to billowy folds, there were a range of different sleeve shapes and embellishments to help keep things interesting.

 

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The hallmark of the collection seemed to be oversized floral appliqués. Model after model floated down the runway donning some type of sizable adornment along the shoulders of their garments. Although this is definitely not my own aesthetic, nothing says ‘spring’ like fabric blossoms.

As you can see, many of the pieces featured materials with a bit of sheen to them. This really helped to brighten and soften the overall look.

 

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For the most part, Badgley Mischka’s collection consisted of colors that were rather soft. There were a few whites, creams and beiges along with a few docile pastels. However, every once in awhile you would see some bold bursts of color as shown here. The vibrant pinks, reds and purples gave us a taste of summer, but retained the floral motif that we saw early on in the show.

 

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Let’s talk about bows. A few other designers have used bows in their S/S 2018 collections, but I think these are among the largest ones I’ve seen. I admittedly have a soft spot in my heart for a well crafted bow, so these pieces were bound to catch my attention.

This blue and white ensemble is one of my favorites of the show. Once again, that cornflower blue and white is just killing me–I love it! Even though I typically shy away from any kind of large adornments on my clothing, the combination of the skirt and the tucked tee was something I really liked. I would happily flaunt this. I think it is fun and adorable!

Although I can’t imagine myself wearing a bright pink dress, I’m a total fan of this bow! When the model first stepped out, my mind went straight to Barbie. Does this not look like something Barbie would wear? I just want to stick the model in a box and keep her on my shelf. It’s just too cute.

 

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Something else that I am seeing a lot of is iridescent material. Shimmery, glittering fabrics can be so eye-catching and classy if and when they are used properly. I definitely think Badgley Mischka did a great job of demonstrating that with these dazzling gowns.

Out of these three, the last dress is probably my favorite–in theory. I really wish they had cut the dress off at the knee and omitted the beige-striped bottom half altogether. I think this would have been gorgeous even if it had been left long, but they had continued the solidness of the top half all the way down. But what do I know? I’m obviously not a designer (I wish I were though).

 

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Ruffles and tiered frills made an appearance in the show as well. I’ve been seeing quite a few other designers’ collections leaning towards a similar vibe, and I’m actually really liking some of it. Dramatic ruffles have been pretty popular this year as well, so it definitely seems as though they will be here to stay for awhile longer.

I was kind of living for these swimsuits–especially the gray one. I loved that the ruffles had a peplum feel and were interestingly positioned. The suit was embellished just enough to give it some sparkle, but it wasn’t overdone.

I liked the red one as well, but I almost think it would have been better if it’d been made into a two piece or a one piece with more fabric cut out from the right side. It seemed as though it just needed a little something else…

 

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Should we get into my favorite pieces of the show now? Let’s! Okay, we already know that I obsess over all things gold, right? Well, this collection served me some metallic masterpieces that I completely fell in love with. This one actually surprised me quite a bit. As I’ve been saying this entire post, I’m not a fan of random things being attached to my clothing. I don’t mind a minimalistic garment and it is rare for me to wear florals.

All the same, this dress is just so pretty. I love how sweet and flowy it is. With a high-low skirt and simple spaghetti straps, I was instantly intrigued by the foiled gold of this dress and how it softly bleeds into the sheer gray. This piece had such beautiful movement as well. I haven’t the faintest clue where I would wear a dress such as this, but if I had nowhere else to go but the grocery store, that’d be good enough!

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I’m right back at it with another champagne gold dress. The shimmer of the material is to die for and who doesn’t like a plunging neckline? However, the thing that did me in was those shoulders and sleeves! I love gowns that are angular through the shoulders. I’m obsessed with how the shoulders curve downward and meet with the sleeves at a slight point before concaving along the arm. Glamorous perfection.

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I’ve already talked about how much I’m loving the cornflower blue and white combo, but here we have navy blue, silver and white. It’s all the same though–stunning. I can’t get enough of the simplistic beauty of the top and all of the flowing blue lace. The alternating stripes of solid silver and see-thru lace was unexpected, but so elegant. I’m not always one for bright colors or bold patterns, so this piece was something I was sure to love.

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Is this a muted black or a muted blue? Who knows and who cares? I loved this shirt–that is all that matters! This entire look nearly made me squeal with joy. I don’t know what it was about it, but I couldn’t get enough. The shirt, the glasses, the earrings, the hair…it all spoke to me.

I really like how the collar, sleeve cuffs and pockets were blocked out in a darker color than the interior space of the shirt. The contrast of light and dark was already striking enough, but then they added the pretty lacy detailing. This provided an additional feminine touch that I greatly enjoyed.

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Last, but certainly not least, this was the crème de la crème of my favorites. I don’t think the model even had a chance to step foot onto the runway before I spotted this gorgeous outfit and completely lost it. I. Want. This. All of this. The big cuffs, the sheen, the cut, the lines..it’s just the most beautiful piece. I’ve been seeing quite a few designers using this sandy color in their collections, but I’m totally obsessing over how it was paired here.

 

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There is no way that I could talk about Badgley Mischka’s show without mentioning how much I loved the accessories and makeup.

Every five seconds I was marveling over the earrings. In case you didn’t know, I’m a jewelry junkie. I love anything jewelry related, but a good pair of statement earrings is like gold to me. The earrings used in the show continually caught my eye. From feathery fringes to tassels, the accessories in this show had me hooked.

Red lipstick was definitely the star of this runway–every single model was wearing it. I’m such a fan of red lips (it’s literally my favorite lip color ever). I thought this was a great example of just how versatile a color it can be. This particular shade of red was so pretty–especially when paired with bold patterns.

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All in all, I thought the Badgley Mischka show was pretty good. There were one or two pieces that I didn’t care for, but as a whole, I thought the collection was truly lovely. Everything was tasteful, ladylike and practical. I especially appreciated how many of the pieces featured vintage silhouettes, but still looked fresh and modern. I love it when old meets new! They really mixed things up and had a variety of colors/materials/fits, so I didn’t feel as though I was seeing the same pieces over and over again.

So far, I’ve seen quite a few shows, including Halmut Lang, Anna Sui, Parsons MFA, Libertine, Maison the Faux, Yajun, Addition Elle, Hakan Akkaya, Leanne Marshall and Taoray Wang. What show will I see next? I’m honestly not too sure, but I know that I’m going to thoroughly enjoy every single second of it–whatever it is. Stay golden

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