NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mark Badgley and James Mischka seem to like movies a lot. Old movies. In fact, they like to build entire collections around them.
For their Spring 2013 collection, the designer duo picked a 1935 film version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — a play that takes place in the spring, after all.
The film starred James Cagney, but the star of the Badgley Mischka collection was their fabrics — "springlike fabrics, but with depth to them," explained Mischka backstage. Lots of tulle and chiffon, for example.
Asked to elaborate on the theme, Badgley explained that he and his partner had kept three key terms in mind: "Effervescent, haunting beauty, and gossamer."
Among the more interesting fabrics was a "hologram tweed" — a shimmery tweed used both in a casual pant, paired with an ivory organza bustier, and in a jacket, paired with an organza and chiffon skirt.
But though there were a number of separates featured, Badgley and Mischka are known for their eveningwear, loved by celebrities and socialites. And there was plenty of that, for example a filmy celadon-colored tulle and organza gown, and another tulle-and-organza creation (40 yards of organza, actually) in a brilliant coral — the show-closing gown.
Another striking look: A peach-colored lace and chiffon dress that flowed into a filmy cape at the back.
Among the front-row guests were singer Kevin Jonas and gymnast Aly Raisman, who won gold at the London Olympics.
Raisman, 18, said it was her first fashion show. "I loved it," she said backstage, before confessing: "I've never gotten THAT dressed up for something. But I hope to in the future."