June 10, 2009 New York
"They're all party clothes," said James Mischka of the sparkly Resort collection he designed with partner Mark Badgley. The duo, who maintain a farm in Kentucky and just added a contemporary line, Mark & James, to a full roster that includes couture, bags, shoes, bridal, and bridesmaid, somehow found time to re-watch Evita. The movie inspired the color palette of fuchsia, purple, and orange as well as the overall "Buenos Aires in the fifties" feel. There was nothing retro about these clothes, however. With the exception of a lone jumpsuit and a few short evening looks like a ballet dress with tulle overlay, the designers focused on the columnar silhouette. One of the best was a deep lilac gown with a cascading ruffle down one side.
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