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Badgley Mischka Makes A Play For New, Young L.A.

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L.A. seems to be front of mind for designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. After opening up their Rodeo Drive flagship in February, they showed a strong Fall ’11 collection, invoking thirties- and forties-era glamour as inspiration. Coming back to Beverly Hills Wednesday night for the official opening party in the 2,800-square-foot bi-level space, the design duo seemed just as excited by their longtime couture-loving customer as they were about their newer, younger fans—among them Keisha Whitaker, Autumn Reeser, and Estella Warren. Embodying the label’s refreshed new look is Rumer Willis, celebrating her star turn in the label’s latest ad campaign. “Sometimes our couture gowns are too serious for a normal little night on the town,” Badgley explained. “Rumer sort of personifies that to us. She goes out every night, throws on a cute little dress. She’s got a great personal style and a great active lifestyle out in L.A.” Mischka chimed in, “She’s amazingly talented and we also know she’s very normal. We know she’s not going to be a train wreck.”

Unconventional as the pairing may be, Willis, clad in an asymmetrical Deco-beaded gown straight off the Fall ’11 runway, offered perspective. “I just started looking at their line—and they’ve been around forever—and they just have these amazing pieces, and great things that you can also wear during the day. Over the summer I was looking for long skirts and I just loved what they had and what we used in the ad campaign. It’s feminine while still having the ability to be sexy.” And with fans from The Hills, The Bachelor, and Dancing With the Stars all in attendance, their dresses—and new contemporary line Mark + James—are poised for some much-photographed nights out.

Photo: John Shearer / WireImage

Badgley Mischka: Americans In Amsterdam

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The Dutch fashion scene has long been dominated by Viktor & Rolf, but there was no Horsting and definitely no Snoeren on the front row yesterday, when a very different designer partnership kick-started Amsterdam International Fashion Week. Having originally been approached to provide sunglasses for one of the shows, Mark Badgley and James Mischka went all-in and agreed to preview their Cruise 2010 collection. It was fitting that an American house should open for Amsterdam: 2009 is Henry Hudson Year, the 400th anniversary of the Dutch-funded expedition that discovered New York (interestingly, the Dutch later swapped New York for Suriname, the smallest country in South America, a fact they’re less keen to trumpet), and there’s a host of celebrations commemorating the shared history of the two cities. There are some style similarities, too: “We’ve fallen in love with Amsterdam,” said Badgley, fresh from a tour of the city’s canals. “I like the way everyone is dressed in a very sporty way, here. This is certainly the first show we’ve done where the models arrived on bikes!” Upcoming Amsterdam fashion week highlights include a show from half-Surinamese wunderkind Daryl van Wouw and Lichting 2009, hosted by denim brand G-Star, which will feature the top graduates of seven Dutch fashion academies and hopes to provide the Netherlands’ breakout talent with a leg up. All without a clog in sight.

The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund Goes On The Road

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“I guess it can be considered historical fiction now,” said Jill Kargman last night of her latest book, The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund. Despite what some might consider bad timing (or is it?), a dressed-up L.A. crowd descended on Badgley Mischka’s West Hollywood boutique for a Vogue-sponsored fête in honor of the author’s new tome. (On Monday night, the party was at the Frédéric Fekkai salon at Henri Bendel.) Amid guests including Regina King and America’s Next Top Model alum Eva Pigford, hostess Keisha Whitaker was radiant in a copper confection by the designers. They admitted that although their ornate evening designs are what put them on the map, they’re paring down upcoming collections to adjust to a changing financial climate. “You know we have to make some adjustments now because our customers’ lives are changing,” said Mark Badgley before his partner James Mischka quickly interjected: “But there’s still always going to be a reason to wear one of our dresses.” Reasons like weddings and bar mitzvahs—and don’t forget book signings.

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Badgley Mischka Sticks To The Formula

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Let’s say you had to come up with some sort of visual formula for unimpeachable Hollywood glamour. It might look something like this: Annie(L) x A-List (+Huston/Hutton) = HG². Mark Badgley and James Mischka apparently utilized some of that glittery applied math in their new ad campaign commemorating their 20th anniversary. Shot by Annie Leibovitz at Paramount Studios, the ad features the five-decade-spanning generational tableau of Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, and Anjelica Huston, posed with the designers in their snappy uniforms of black blazers and jeans. If the image seems a touch familiar, it’s because Leibovitz seems to have borrowed her icon-making Vanity Fair template for the job. But hey, what says Hollywood glamour more than the glossy that controls the hottest Oscar after-party? At any rate, the gowned-up actresses (and pop star) all look quite lovely—though Huston appears to be holding her breath. That quintet joins Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Badgley Mischka club. And bonus anniversary lightning round: Who was the first actress to wear Badgley to the Oscars? It was Winona Ryder in 1996. Sigh, for so many reasons.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz

A Day In The Life: Lakshmi Menon

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With campaigns for Givenchy and MaxMara in the bag—not to mention an extensive list of bookings this season—Ford’s Lakshmi Menon is one of 2009′s hottest models. Style.com caught up with the stunner from South India on one of her many sleep-deprived days of New York fashion week.
Here, we track her hour by hour.

8:30 a.m.
Backstage at Badgley Mischka, Menon carries on a digital dialogue with her agent via BlackBerry (an accessory as necessary to a model’s wardrobe as a chic carryall) while getting her makeup done. “It’s part of the job, staying calm,” she says. “The tough part is Paris fashion week, when you’re done with New York, London, Milan, and you’re completely worn out and people start pulling and tugging at your hair—that’s the real test.”

9:45 a.m.
Menon slips into her first look—a black wool coat, elbow-length gloves, and black platforms. “I’m going to test the shoes out,” she announces. “Just to make sure they’re not going to slip off.” Cue professional sashay.

10:15 a.m.
One of the first three girls in the lineup, Menon talks shop with
Georgina Stojilkovic and Sessilee Lopez. They debate hair extensions. Consensus: Horrible.


10:30 a.m.
She hits the runway.

10:42 a.m.
Show over, Lakshmi dons her street clothes—skinny jeans, black riding boots, and a T-shirt. “Quick and easy,” she says of the show. “That’s how I like most things to be. You prepare for almost two hours and then you’re on the runway for exactly 30 seconds and it’s over. That’s about as glamorous as it gets.”

10:50 a.m.
En route to Derek Lam, Menon hits traffic. “I don’t think there are any parties this season,” she says. “Everyone’s broke.” Plunking away on her BlackBerry, she makes plans for dinner that night at an Indian restaurant with friends. “It’s difficult to do the party thing, anyway, especially when you’re working. I mean, you finish shows at 8 or 8:30 in the evening and you’re kind of tired, you know? I prefer to give my body a rest.”


11:23 a.m.
Backstage at Derek Lam, a cramped labyrinth of rooms and corridors, Menon lands in the hands of famed makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Tell them I’ll do the interview later,” Pecheux tells his PR rep, referring to a line of foreign journalists. “I have the golden girl here now.” He smiles adoringly in the makeup mirror at Lakshmi.

11:52 a.m.
Menon has a few bites of a ham and mozzarella sandwich. “Feeling sleepy,” she says from her chair. Pecheux finishes her face and she’s led over to hair guru Orlando Pita. Menon’s locks are swept into a high ponytail, the better to show off the collection’s high collars.

1:19 p.m.
Menon gets into her first look for Lam: A taupe double-knit dress with a single fox ring round the neck.

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