Designer duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka showed not one, but two collection in one show for NYFW. Fist they showed their usual higher end collection then they sent down their newer contemporary line Mark & James down the runway. While they were using their space and audience's time to the maximum potential, it was hard to concentrate on the knitwear and day-to-night cocktail dresses after having seen the beautiful gowns flow down the runway.
The first part of the show, Badgley Mischka included pieces both the older and younger generations would want to wear which is an accomplishment in and of itself. There were gowns and sparkly, short, body-conscious dresses. The collection was said to have been inspired by the stars and the galaxy so, not surprisingly, there were lots of sparkles and rhinestones everywhere. Also sent down the runway multiple times on the models were appliques reminiscent of the Valentino floral appliques from a few seasons ago. My absolute favorite look was an one shoulder, cream colored floor length gown that not only moved so beautifully as the model strutted down the runway, but it was also covered with sparkles that shone in all the right places as the dress caught the light. Absolutely red-carper worthy. All in all, collection was fluid with an air of effortlessness but nothing struck me as incredibly fashion-forward or terribly modern, but I suppose thats what the second collection was intended to be for.
The second the line they send down the runway, Mark & James, was a much more casual day-wear approach to the season. There were plenty of office appropriate knit-wear as well as a couple of stand out pieces like metalic cocktail dresses and Sparkly Balmain-esq leggings. A few good options for layering mixed in perfectly with the flapper-inspired pieces like a beautiful short skirt which was paired with a conservative black top. The collection as a whole was decent, definitly geared towards the younger crowd but (with one or two exceptions) still not quite what I was looking for with regards of standout pieces to mix in with everyday basics. However there are quite a few pieces that with a few styling adjustments would be perfectly editorial worthy.