After taking a break from New York Fashion Week last fall, designer Mark Badgley and James Mischka are back with a vengeance. The longtime design duo returned to the runway with plenty of gorgeous gowns for this fall, along with a new Badgley Mischka Home collection and a new sportswear line.
Models in the sportswear collection lounged on the new furniture, which was strategically placed in the center of the runway throughout the show, and at the end, they followed the models clad in evening wear down the runway to enthusiastic applause. The sporty looks include a navy track suit with sleeved blouse, a tweed carcoat, floral print dresses, and monocromatic overcoats.
The duo has long excelled in gowns, and the main collection of 32 looks includes luxe nighttime looks, ranging from a sleeveless gown in midnight blue sequins to an embroidered floral gown with pockets that closed the show.
Badgley and Mischka transferred the intricate detailing and fabrics of their ready-to-wear pieces to their first-ever home collection, which they call "couture furniture." It includes dining, living, and bedroom pieces, in addition to upholstered items, decorative accessories, and candles. The collection, which ranges in price from $100 to $10,000, is available on the Badgley Mischka website.
“We used a lot of fabrics that were reminiscent of fabrics that we are using on the couture collection,” Mischka told the Associated Press. “Our (fashion) collection is done with a lot of hand-beading and a lot of very intricate work on the couture gowns. And this collection also has handwork on it. All the finishes are distressed by hand. It’s extremely labor intensive, which is very much like our couture gowns.”
The collection is produced in partnership with Los Angeles-based PTM Images. As part of the brand’s commitment to sustainable design and production, the design house has tasked suppliers to plant over 40 trees for every one cut for production use.