June 10, 2007
Don't look for a Mark Badgley and James Mischka-designed active sportswear line anytime soon; jeweled maillots and string bikinisworn alone or under ombré chiffon cover-upsare more their speed. For sunny days, there was a "paging C.Z. Guest" shantung dress in pimento red with white embroidered openwork at the hem. A black organza jacket paired with of-the-moment wide linen trousers featured elaborate Indian-style beading, and a macramé sweater had an appealing airiness. But it's eveningwear that the designers are famous for, so in the end, there were more after-dark than day options. Mixed in among their signature embellished gownsmany in eye-popping brightswere some shorter and zippier styles, like a blue and white number with peppy paillette polka dots, and a corsaged halter dress in tropical hues that best combined elegance with ease.