Seeing the first few looks of the Autumn Winter 2011-2012 Badgley Mischka collection, I was rather surprised to see quite a lot of black. It is arguable that, though the looks go through many more hues – hot pink, turquoise, emerald, indigo, fuchsia, burgundy, navy, grey, champagne and bridal white – black seems to be a theme. Perhaps it’s the cold season, or maybe the advantage of the added drama.
Because that, it has. The perfect amount of drama, without being pretentious.
Leafing through the looks, one gets the irresistible appeal of it. Really, it does seem to make (me at least) people feel like they need those pieces, because they are beautiful, practical items we should all have.
The designers made a point of introducing all things stereotypically feminine, in that they accentuated waists (by cynching them with bejeweled belts), showed off shoulders (by adding some shine there too, either that OR ruffly, oversized sleeves OR fur, OR making the garments one-shoulder) and used good ole’ Old Hollywood (ha) charm, seen in trompe l’oeil jewelry, long leather gloves, a fabulous flapper dress, and vintage-inspired jewelry.
Sequins and/or other shiny stuff were used along with pencil skirts and elaborate headpieces to create ersatz burlesque looks. I don’t know why, perhaps they are as big Dita fans as I am.
The materials were extremely varied, albeit normal for the ‘cold’ season: leather, fur, knitwear, but also satin and silk for glam. Lace continues to be in, according to Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
And everything is pretty damn Old Hollywood. I can’t hate that. In fact, I can’t not love that.