February 09, 2003
Mark Badgley and James Mischka keep alive the tradition of occasion dressing, designing entrance-making gowns for red carpets and gala benefits. Their shows are more about variations on a theme than about surprise, and they stayed true to form for fall, with a palette out of a wine-lover’s dream. Beaded and satin dresses, both short and long, came in colors like claret, bordeaux, cognac, plum, rose and lilac. A deco style was much in evidence, most successfully in the sliplike satin gown worn by Eva Herzigova to close the proceedings. Badgley Mischka also scored with the "plucked" mink coats and jackets that appeared throughout, though it's probably best to leave the lamé leg warmers at home.