The design duo turned out pearls, beads and tweeds on their runway at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday.
After all, you need a lot of options if you're a Jazz Age heiress who fantasizes jumping off the yacht — anchored in the French Riviera — and turning into a beautiful mermaid in the moonlight.
That's the elaborate scenario Mark Badgley and James Mischka dreamed up for their spring collection muse. It was a lot of moving parts, and that's how they wanted it, literally and figuratively. It's what keeps things interesting, they said.
"We wanted a lot of movement," Mischka said in a backstage interview.
The cameras and crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Lincoln Center tents certainly got that when models came out wearing wide-leg pleated palazzo pants (some with belly-baring tops), a slinky draped red gown and an all-over beaded skirt with metallic fringe.
A seafoam-green gown with slivers of silver floated on the runway, seemingly light as the air — or the sea.
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