Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Badgley Mischka Spring 2010 RTW

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Makeup Artist (read: creative wonder) Tom Pecheux, working for MAC Cosmetics, wanted to create a face that said, “sophisticated, international, iconic woman.... Audrey Hepburn was the inspiration for the eyebrows and the eyeliner.” Pecheux shared that the light brown penciled brow and black liquid eyeliner was “just following the shape of the eye, not too extreme”. He applied lots of black mascara and a subtle pink-gold MAC eye shadow on the lids. Skin got a light coating of shimmery bronzer, while lips were finished with a soft brownish-coral shade.

Hairstylist Peter Gray, working with Redken, was inspired by the Jetsons and the Fifties in creating the updos at the Badgley Mischka show Tuesday morning. He began by blow-drying Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream-mousse into wet hair for extra body, then added Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse to the roots layer by layer for body. Gray sectioned off a triangular area of hair at the crown of the head, then pulled the remainder of the hair into a tight ponytail at the back of the head. He took the sectioned-off portion of hair and back-combed it for extra lift. Redken’s Quick Dry Instant Finishing Spray wa added for hold and Gray used a needle and thread to sew the ponytail at the nape of the neck. He then wrapped the end of the ponytail clockwise up and through itself, leaving the end piece of the ponytail hanging out and pointed to the right.

“The high vertical hair is meant to counteract the plunging, scalloped necklines in the collection, and the piece of hair pointing out mimics the swept-out eyeliner in the makeup,” he noted. It all works!

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The details in this collection are definitely worth a closer look, the jeweled necklines, ribbons, sashes and belts, shoes, handbags, accessories. Yum!

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka presented a collection that gave us day wear and evening wear. Shown were pieces for the office with black-and-white cotton tweeds, as well as gowns for the ball, with slinky lavender printed silk and hot pink gowns. The designers said their inspirations came from photos of myriad places, from Fifties Cuba to Palm Beach suppers to clothes for the school run, resulting in a collection that, while pretty and varied, lacked focus according to some fashion critics. The highlights: a tweed sheath with sharp peaked shoulders, sexy maillots, a fresh take on the jumpsuit — in white silk shantung, with cropped legs — as well as a lovely striped black-and-ivory chiffon dress and skirt that could easily move between afternoon and evening. About that evening: There were several pretty gowns in mermaid silhouettes with strips of crystal beading at the shoulders or bodice, and a men’s wear reference in a jaunty black tuxedo jacket over a gorgeous taffeta skirt of floral cutouts.
images/information: wwd,, elle


  1. Thanks so much for the review.
    I wonder what kind of nail polish was used for the girl on the 5th and 6th photos, I cannot recognise the manufacturer?

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I'm told nails were courtesy of Dashing Diva and the shade is She.E.O. an opaque neutral.

    I'm still drooling over all the beauty and fashion from the shows. More to come ... London next.



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