June 11, 2012
Mark Badgley and James Mischka recently moved out to Long Island's North Shore. So it's not much of a surprise that the duo found their Resort inspiration in an old yet soon-to-be-revived classic, The Great Gatsby. With images of Mia Farrow and Carey Mulligan in their heads, the designers whipped up a series of dresses, in both cocktail and floor-grazing lengths, that they imagined Daisy Buchanan might wear to entertain. It was easy to picture either one of the actresses parading around on set in an oyster strapless crepe gown with heirloom pavé embellishment or the matte jersey dress with feathered cuffs. Simpler looks were just as appealing, the best being a black body-hugging column gown with mesh cutouts and sheer insets. Bright colors and bold prints were reserved for the second half of the collection—pieces that the designers imagined Daisy would wear on her yacht. The most well executed was a sexy red open-back gown that tied in the front. Digital floral prints blossomed on a short satin caftan and a flowy dégradé patio dress with a beaded waist and collar.