After spending a couple of seasons exploring the alien terrain of sensible daywear, Mark Badgley and James Mischka have gone back to their first love: the high-octane evening gowns that have made them nearly as famous as the Hollywood celebutantes they love to dress.

This season, the duo's attention-loving gowns have a decidedly antique feeling. An embroidered paisley column was lavished with candle-like drippings of translucent beads; dreamy shades of marigold, apricot, iris and tuberose gave a youthful spin to a slinky assortment of long sheaths that were generously decorated with cutouts and floral appliqués. The non-full-length department was represented by '20s-inspired Deco slips and shirtdresses.

For those few Badgley Mischka customers who venture outdoors before 6 p.m., there were several light tweed dresses and suits, including a jacket embellished with—no surprise here—a smattering of beads down the sides.