09/11/2013 12:56 EDT | Updated 11/10/2013 05:12 EST

Pearls, beads and tweeds keep things moving on Badgley Mischka catwalk

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Why not have it all? Badgley Mischka is here to help.

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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