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  • Writer's pictureErica DeMatos

Badgley Mischka is Not Reinventing the Wheel

But maybe that's a good thing.


Previews of the Spring 2024 collection showcased vibrant colors and florals decorating the sleeves and skirts of sketched-out designs at Badgley Mischka. I know — I don’t want to say it either. Being as it's a celebration of the brand’s 35th year, no expectations were held for gowns that broke out of the satin mold. After all, anniversaries are about honoring what has worked for so long — and the relationship between designers Mark Badgley, James Mischka, and efflorescent dresses is no exception.

Pastels, monochromatic ensembles, puff sleeves, and balanced skirts headed down the runway at Delmonico’s in the Financial District on September 13th. In what the Badgley Mischka website self-describes as a collection of glitz and glamour, these ready-to-wear pieces are certainly cocktail party-appropriate. My favorite look was a rich, navy-blue gown with long sleeves that drape to the ground, embellished with an ornate silver neckpiece.

Badgley Mischka has always delivered elegant promises and memoirs of tradition. The recipe is simple, unchanged: comfort in impersonal-yet-expectedly-proper gowns, more often than not composed of a singular shoulder strap and embellished with jewels; refined-yet-dated glittering bodices reminiscent of eras past their prime. There is no more artifice and nothing left to convince audiences of — Badgley Mischka knows who they are designing for and will continue to celebrate that audience, signature sparkles and all. 🌀


You can view the whole collection here.


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