June 07, 2011 New York
Painter Jeremiah Goodman has referenced the lavish interior spaces of designers like Yves Saint Laurent and photographers like Bruce Weber, and now Mark Badgley and James Mischka have used Goodman's work as a source of inspiration for Resort. They've brought his oeuvre to life in the Badgley Mischka way, "painting" with feathers, jewel embellishments, and sequins on taffeta, brocade, and silk canvases. Goodman was working during the 1960's, which are the other driving force in the collection. The designers couldn't resist the urge to do a megawatt, "aurora borealis sequined" dress. "We normally steer clear of this, but it's just such a quintessential sixties shift," Badgley said of the V-neck number. Their interpretation of the era, which happens to be captivating lots of other designers this month, too, is quite literal: Flowers and polka dots adorn gauzy dresses, and a striped bouclé fabric recurs in multiple ruffled forms. One of the best of their retro numbers was a sequined, grassy gown with a plunging neckline that looked Oscar-worthy.
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