Three days has passed since the big reveal of the the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress and we're still talking about it. Before the cermony had finished WWD managed to release a list of comments from the fashion elite about their opinion of the dress and, based on their comments, they loved the dress just as much as we did.
Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka, speaking for himself and James Mischka: 'James and I have goose bumps! The dress is perfection; and will stand the test of time. It is a classic Grace Kelly look. The skirt is divine. We love the hair down and the veil. The proportion is beautiful.'
Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka announced on Thursday that Rumer Willis will get a little more famous - for starring in their Spring '11 collection campaign. This is the first time Willis, the 22-year-old sometime movie star and daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has fronted a big ad campaign, but she previously served as a spokesperson for Ocean Pacific, a Walmart clothing range.
The designers explained their choice by saying: "We adore Rumer, she is glamorous, youthful and fun...[she] captures the spirit fo all of our spring collections, especially our newly launched Mark + James collection."
Last week we announced that Karl Lagerfeld has cancelled his eponymous line to focus on his new 'masstige' collection, which is set to bridge the gap between designer quality and the high street. Yesterday, Mark Badgley and James Mischka showed that the need to embrace the high and the low is an unavoidable necessity in today's climate.
The brand's signature couture gowns appeared in full force, as did pieces from their mainline collection and flirty feminine dresses appeared from their contemporary Mark and James line. When asked about the decision to show all three lines in the show, the designers made it clear that customers are changing. It's all about mixing the high and the low they said.
As one would expect, evening gowns came as strong and beautiful as ever. As we've seen from other designers, the fabrics were lightweight with soft silhouettes such as a subtle nude floaty strapless dress nipped in at the waist teamed witha statement chunky necklace and delicate gold strappy sandals. The contemporary pieces held their own next to the more expensive pieces. A nude dress subtly draped around the hips stood out, as did a mint dress with ruffle and sequin detail.
Design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka are clear examples of the well known idea, 'if it's not broke, don't fix it'. For their Spring/Summer 2010 collection, they went back to the signatures that Badgley Mischka are known and loved for.
This season the designers cited their influence as 50's tropical glamour triggered by looking at pictures of friends parents on trips in places like Palm Beach. Translation: bright whites, peaches, oranges and reds for daytime looks with flashes of embellishments. Daytime looks like a loose fitted taolired short and wrap around peach top and knee length white dresses were simple but classic. Evening dresses had the same sentiment. Strapless LBDs were not fussy and had nothing more than simple gold embellishments on the pockets.