Technicians worked up to the very last minute on the runway at Badgley Mischka, removing their equipment just as the lights dimmed and an imperious soundtrack worthy of an overproduced Disney epic signaled Caroline Ribeiro's glittering appearance in a gold and silver embroidered shirtdress. The look was pure Badgley Mischka: sexy, slinky and attention-grabbing —as were the chiffon wrap skirts, gold beaded pants and off-the-shoulder sheer dresses that followed.

But those were just the simple day looks; the evening gowns are what flashbulb-starved Hollywood types covet most. Come Academy Award time, the predictable pack of Swarovski-mad stylists will be on the hunt for those essential body-clinging, light-reflecting, cleavage-baring, curve-hugging, thigh-revealing, heavily embroidered floor-length creations. And, at Badgley Mischka, they will find plenty to choose from.