Badgley Mischka Bridal Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on October 27, 2011

More pretty, white, princess-y dresses for women whose arms are always hot. We don’t know why picking out a wedding dress is so hard for you ladies. There’s only like 4 variations to choose from. So long as you go into it knowing that no one will allow you to cover your arms and that your options are 1)white, and 2)off-white, then what’s the problem? After that, it’s just a matter of figuring out how poofy you want your skirt and whether you want lace, tulle or lace AND tulle at the same time. Really, gals. Why must you complicate these things so? As long as you accept that you will have no choices whatsoever, bridal gown shopping should be a SNAP.

We admit, we do kinda like the one with the gold flowers all over it.

 






















[Photo Credit: badgleymischka.com]

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      third from the bottom:
      60s cocktail waitress ruffle.
      i havent seen that thing in years.
      it trickled down, if you will, from cocktail waitress to third grader c1972.
      i had it in its magenta pantssuit version.
      i have the cocktail waitress version in the other room.

      the rest of these: oh heavens, theyre trying, arent they?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      I can’t decide if these are hideous or wonderful. There’s certainly more of a there, there than any other bridal collection that’s been posted so far. There are at least some attempts at a different look here, even if I hate them all.

      • Anonymous

        Just wanted to second this, since you already said everything I was thinking.

      • Nora Mulllin

        And “third-ed” if there is such a word.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amndad amanda lynn

      white with the gold flowers reminds me of my mom’s wedding dress.  in the very good and lovely way.  :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/prettymuchalltheway Kat Schnepp

      boring.

    • Anonymous

      “Really, gals. Why must you complicate these things so? As long as you accept that you will have no choices whatsoever, bridal gown shopping should be a SNAP.”

      My preference is a trip to Europe or a down payment on a house.  I have never understood the impulse to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on a dress and tens of thousands on a reception. 

      • Anonymous

        agreed.  I got married on a rock in the middle of the river.  There were 4 people there – me, my husband the JOP and our friend taking pictures.  Perfect.

        • Anonymous

          Sounds lovely.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3HKIK7MIJMBDAQBDWEAQDTXUM theneva

          How’d you get away with not having witnesses?

          • Anonymous

            It’s NH – Live Free or Die! I guess the state doesn’t require it.

      • Anonymous

         Well the reception is a lovely party for our large extended family – and since many only lay out for the large group at weddings (or a lunch after a funeral – they used to also do large graduations and First Communions), I guess a “Once in a Lifetime” party is something I can see spending on.  But the HUGE amounts people spend on the dress to be worn once does seem like it can be OTT

      • Anonymous

         Well the reception is a lovely party for our large extended family – and since many only lay out for the large group at weddings (or a lunch after a funeral – they used to also do large graduations and First Communions), I guess a “Once in a Lifetime” party is something I can see spending on.  But the HUGE amounts people spend on the dress to be worn once does seem like it can be OTT

      • Anonymous

        Agreed on everything, especially the trip to Europe.

      • Anonymous

        I completely agree with you. Your wedding day can be exceptionally meaningful and lovely without having to sell a kidney to pay for it. I know my mom-in-law was so disappointed that our wedding was simple. I did wear a traditional lacy dress, because that’s what I was “supposed to wear”  and if I’d been more confident I would have worn something that reflected my personality better. 

    • Anonymous

      The white one with the gold flowers IS very pretty With a more demure neckline and without that dopey ginormous bow, it even looks wearable. Somehow, even though it’s a gown with a huge skirt, it’s got a light-heartedness that is youthful and charming. 

    • Anonymous

      we do kinda like the one with the gold flowers all over it.

      That and #9 are the only ones I like in this collection, though I do think the gold flower one is less bridal than it is evening garden party.

      • Anonymous

        That’s precisely why it’s my favorite of the bunch. The less “bridal” the better.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly.

    • Anonymous

      Lovely! Overall, I like better than Monique Lhuillier’s collection from the other day.

      Why does every bridal post have *haters*? Lots of bitter divorced women here?
      ;p

      • Shannon 1

        EVERY post has haters. I just happen to think these particular gowns are generally unflattering and not pretty. Why assume one must be bitter and divorced to dislike them? I, for one, am neither.

        • Anonymous

          It was a joke…
          hence, the emoticon ;p

          It was just an observation on haters, they come out in droves on posts for wedding gowns and fur. I have learned through experience one cannot assume anything about anyone on line.

          Sorry to offend; against all that I really am like, I seem to be doing that all over the place on this blog lately,

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677547537 John Hodgins

            Please continue!  This is way too serious sometimes!!!  :-)

    • Anonymous

      I can’t get over the suicide hats.  They look like they’re trying to suffocate themselves with plastic bags. 

      • Anonymous

        They look like chicken-wire to me.

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I thought!  I could hardly look at the dresses b/c all the models looked dead to me.

      • Anonymous

        I would too if I had to wear some of these dresses.

      • Anonymous

        Seriously!  They make me feel claustrophobic.

    • Anonymous

      To be honest, nearly all of these are too fussy for me.  Is #4 a jumpsuit? I wouldn’t mind a nice-looking jumpsuit, but the bottom half of it just doesn’t look flattering to me.  The only one that even remotely appeals to me is look #19, and while I like it, it wouldn’t be my first choice.

      None of this is really my cup of tea.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        I think it IS a jumpsuit…. a wedding jumpsuit… I JUST CAN’T.

        • Anonymous

          AND if it is a jumpsuit (or as Anya would say “jumper”) then the crotch is just a couple of inches above the knee!! Holy crap. But seriously, I couldn’t get past the horrendous fit of the top half. OMG tacky cheap look at my fake boobs top. Am also stunned that the model had breasts, although that’s probably why the top fits so poorly.

    • Anonymous

      I like the 3rd one down; I could see that as an Oscars dress, in another color.  Gorgeous.  I also like the one with gold flowers.

    • MilaXX

      My kitty is sick and I’m in a pretty bad mood, but I most of these don’t exactly read as bridal to me and I HATE the stupid death veil styling. I sorta like the next to the last one.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Hope your kitty feels better soon : )

        • MilaXX

          Thanks. I’m scared because he’s really old. Seeing the vet at 5. My heart is breaking just thinking about it.

          • Anonymous

            I am full of sympathy and empathy, having lost a beloved pet a few months ago.  Sending hugs your way.

            • Anonymous

              oh dear MilaXX.  sending kitty good thoughts.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I hope everything goes well. Fingers crossed for you and your kitty.

            • MilaXX

              Thank you.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, hugs.  Hope the vet works magic. Or at the very least, can say something definitive. Uncertainty is the absolute worst.

            • MilaXX

              thanks. it’s hard seeing our furbabies get old.

          • Anonymous

            Awww, it’s so hard to see our beloved fur kids suffer. Hoping for the best and sending great big hugs across the miles. 

            • MilaXX

              thanks so much. He’s eating a little bit more today so we’ll have to wait and see.

          • Anonymous

            Oh sweetie, hugz to you. I lost my kitty earlier this year, she was 18 and I adopted her from the animal shelter when she was about 10 weeks old. I am sure your kitty has had a wonderful life with you and I hope that you two get to enjoy each other a while longer.

            • MilaXX

              Thanks, he’s 17 so I guess it’s to be expected. Just have to wait on testing from the doctor.

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          me too.
          i will try to psychically convey to my cats that they should psychically convey get well messages to yr cat.

          i’m not sure i can do this.
          but i will do my best.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

        Veils are hiddy.

      • Anonymous

        Hope your kitty gets better soon.
        It’s a nice blog to be on for kitty lovers.

        • MilaXX

          Thanks so much. Of course Bitter kittens make the best kitty lovers. ♥

    • Sobaika Mirza

      It’s that simple? Alrighty them. I’ll be calling you both when (if??) my special day ever comes. You can tear each other’s hair out over lace and netting while I sip mint juleps.

    • Anonymous

      Is it just me or does the third one resemble Pippa’s McQueen wedding ensemble…

      Pippa

      Pretty though. I should sell a kidney and get one of these for my never-dated-date

      • Anonymous

         I posted before I saw your post.  Yes I immediately thought  the same thing

      • Anonymous

         I posted before I saw your post.  Yes I immediately thought  the same thing

      • Anonymous

        *That’s* why I had such a positive reaction to #3… I couldn’t figure out why I liked it so much until I read your comment.

      • bookish

         I thought the same thing and immediately started searching the comments to see who else agreed. It’s one of the only dresses I actually like in this collection.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, some of these are really horrific. It’s hard to imagine any woman would want to wear them (some, not all of them) at any time, let alone “the most important day of her life” [eyeroll].  But I’ve seen “Say Yes to the Dress” enough times to know there’s probably a customer for every one of these. Even the 3rd one up from the bottom.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        That was my least favorite. The neckline reminds me of jellyfish.

      • Anonymous

        It really is hideous.

    • Anonymous

      You know why you like the one with the gold flowers?  B/c it’s a classic silhouette, but the gold flowers in that scallop-y pattern are kinda modern and freshen it up. 

      My advice–stick to classic, all you regular gals who hope to do it only once.  You really kind of want your wedding photos to stand the test of time as best they can.  Amirite, all you ladies who married in the 70’s in those shepherdess dresses with the big hats?  (I personally had the 80’s leg-o-mutton sleeves!)

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      When #4 raises her arms to throw the bouquet, her boobs will fall right out of that bodice.

      Hope it’s caught on film.

      • Anonymous

        I did wonder if people would laugh audibly if an actual bride walked out looking like that. Or just pull up their own tops (females) in sympathy.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      When #4 raises her arms to throw the bouquet, her boobs will fall right out of that bodice.

      Hope it’s caught on film.

    • Anonymous

      I am so sick of the strapless gowns that every bride wears (and most of them should be covering their arms…)  The most beautiful gown I have seen in years was cream silk, cut on the bias, figure hugging with long sleeves – elegant, classy, and sexy.  Most of these brides end up looking like they are playing dress-up or headed to the prom.  Grow-up ladies!

      • Anonymous

        What you said. Exactly.

    • Anonymous

      I am so sick of the strapless gowns that every bride wears (and most of them should be covering their arms…)  The most beautiful gown I have seen in years was cream silk, cut on the bias, figure hugging with long sleeves – elegant, classy, and sexy.  Most of these brides end up looking like they are playing dress-up or headed to the prom.  Grow-up ladies!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      Pretty, pretty!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      Pretty, pretty!

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      Bleagh. Not flattering in the boobage area.  

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      Bleagh. Not flattering in the boobage area.  

    • Anonymous

      4th from the top…better be careful when doing the bunny hop, and with those feathers, she’s ready for the chicken dance too.  ;)

    • Anonymous

      4th from the top…better be careful when doing the bunny hop, and with those feathers, she’s ready for the chicken dance too.  ;)

    • Allyson Wells

      TLO, how can you not see how vastly different these all are? I like the last one best, but probably because it’s closest to what i’ll be wearing on my wedding day next month!

    • Allyson Wells

      TLO, how can you not see how vastly different these all are? I like the last one best, but probably because it’s closest to what i’ll be wearing on my wedding day next month!

    • Anonymous

      I’m not liking this collection.  I usually find Monique L’huillier gowns to be quite predicatable, but I loved her collection TLo posted yesterday.  And I have responded well to Badgley Mischka gowns in my own hunt for a dress.  But these are not doing it for me.  AT ALL.  But since I’m not in the market for a gown, I’m all set!  

    • Anonymous

      I’m not liking this collection.  I usually find Monique L’huillier gowns to be quite predicatable, but I loved her collection TLo posted yesterday.  And I have responded well to Badgley Mischka gowns in my own hunt for a dress.  But these are not doing it for me.  AT ALL.  But since I’m not in the market for a gown, I’m all set!  

    • Anonymous

      #3 – I see Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress
      #4 obscenely low

    • Anonymous

      #3 – I see Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress
      #4 obscenely low

    • Mariah J

      The third one is gorgeous and pretty unique for a wedding dress.

    • Anonymous

      J’adore the one with the gold flowers. It’s like a breath of fresh air in a sea of marshmallow dresses.
      Speaking of sea, third one from the bottom: she looks a jellyfish.
      Fourth from the top: what the HELL is that on her shoulders?

    • Victoria Sharoyan

      I’m with you guys on the one with the gold flowers. That and the one right below it are my favorites, no surprise since I generally don’t prefer pure whites. These posts are getting more and more exciting for me now that I’m actually starting to think about wedding gown choices. Just tried on my first last week and it was every bit as overwhelming as I’d hoped it would be. :)

    • Anonymous

      Mostly fug.

      And some more than a bit inappropriate for a bride. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1355527007 Rain Jezek

      I pointed the veils out to my boyfriend, saying that I liked this sort of bridal veil. He laughed, and said it looked like a dog wearing the Cone of Shame with a medieval ruffled collar. Now that’s all I can see.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      Well  these look a lot better than the other collections that have been posted recently.  #17 reminds me of my own veil, albeit on a larger scale.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002209332020 Molly Maguire

      Very funny, In_Stiches! Still, I really like the idea, as it’s not forced or matchy-matchy. Seeing so many of the veils DOES give them an odd quality, though, I agree. 

    • Anonymous

      A sleeve! A sleeve! My kingdom for a sleeve!

    • Anonymous

      Love #3, the rest, not so much. Some are quite ugly.

    • Anonymous

      The gold flowers dress is a nighty. The top dress is way too much cleavage for a wedding.

      I do like that some of these designers are cognizant that not every bride is 22 years old.  Were I in the market for bridal at 50, I think 3, 7, and 10 would have possibilities.

    • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

      I think designers are bored with wedding dresses- how else to explain the overwhelming majority that look like every other dress you’ve ever seen?

      I do like the flower one though- they tried, bless their hawts.

    • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts nicole seligman

      ew, these are almost all really unflattering shapes. i don’t actually like any of them.

    • amanda crow

      I enjoy quite a lot of these, actually.

    • Alyson Lamble

      I would actually wear the cowl-neck dress without all the jewels.

      Have said it before, will say it again:  NO ONE looks good in taupe. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I don’t think I like them much.  The shapes are strange and some are in serious need of editing.  

    • CQAussie

      I love the one with sheer short sleeves, corset bodice and flared skirt.  I don’t love the beige ones at all and the veils are annoying me to no end.

      • Kate Pearce

        my favourite too.

      • Anonymous

        Yup, that’s my favorite, too.  It has some personality.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

      #7 my favorite

    • Anonymous

      Sorry guys, get a clue.  A wedding dress is a really big decision and often is not even what looks best on the bride.  It has to have some relationship to the attendants’ attire, that of the mothers of the bride and groom, the location of the wedding and reception, the flowers, decor, refreshments and cake.  It sets the tone for the entire event, and sometimes a whole series of events.  There could be dancing, or hiking on a beach.  It can be cold or hot, wet or dry, day or night or somewhere in between.  There can be cars or carriages to get in and out of. 

      The dress, whether you like it or not, is the central element of a complicated rite of passage with lots of moving parts — like going to France for a month with one ensemble.  So not just a fashion choice. And as in all things wedding-related, every detail matters.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Sweetie, we think you missed the sarcasm.

    • Anonymous

      If I could wear anything in the beige/champagne/gold family with out looking washed out (at best),  I covet those dresses in this collection.  I love the one with the marabou cap-sleeves–it’s like getting married in your most fabulous dressing gown.  Fun!  The white dresses, meh.  The mosquito-netting veils, hilarious…and not in a good way.

    • Anonymous

      The angst of choosing a wedding dress for 95% of the female population is trying them on to find the one dress that doesn’t make you look three sizes larger than you are already.

    • Anonymous

      I do like the Victorian underwear look of #7, I guess.

      I think I’m-a get married in jeans though. :sigh:

    • spooki C

      I really hate those ones with the skirts that look like they have cotton balls glued on.

    • Anonymous

      There were a few dresses that I liked, but not as wedding dresses.  The last dress that I like as a wedding dress.

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      I wish the one with the heavily beaded cowl neck and waist had been around when I got married.

      The weird peplums, on the other hand…why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667474365 Catherine Nelson-Dittmann

      Besides not being able to cover your arms.  You may not:  smile or have boobs.

      • Anonymous

        Kate Middleton begs to differ on all points. Except the tits.

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      More prom or debutante ball than Bride here. Especially the off-white ones.

    • Anonymous

      The last one is okay. The rest ain’t got no alibi.

    • Anonymous

      What’s with the beekeeper veils?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Sigh.

      Is it too much to ask that wedding dresses at least be boring in a way that doesn’t involve derpy bows at the waist and shiny satin?  Can we have at least that much?

    • Anonymous

      When I got married I wore a veil attached to hat.  It was pretty but my head snapped back every time someone hugged me and pulled on the veil, so I liked the first few views of the veil these women are wearing because it is off their shoulders.  However, as I saw more of them it looked like the brides were going to swing by the apiary on the way to the church.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Much more interesting than Monique Lhuillier’s.I like a lot of them, especially #3 and the gold dress.

    • Anonymous

      I noticed in yesterday’s bridal post and this one, that in a different color, alot of the dresses could make great red carpet looks. 

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      The one with the gold flowers is the only one TO like. I swear I really am not just saying that to blow sunshine up TLo’s asses: it’s true. The rest look like they came off a rack at Jay’s Bridal and that is NOT good. Wedding dresses are awful, Period. End of story. When someone starts making something in a color besides ‘shades of white’ you can wake me. Until then, eh.

    • Anonymous

      I like #3, but that’s about it.  Pretty, but boring.  

    • Natasha Fairweather

      Wow. There sure are a lot of ugly wedding dresses.

    • Anonymous

      My parents are from India and my mother wore a gorgeous gold saree on her wedding day.  I see nothing here to compete with it.  

    • Anonymous

      Why are wedding dresses so ugly this year? That should be a GOP platform…”Why would lesbians want to get married anyway, have you seen the bridal collections this year?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

      I really love the third one down, makes me want to get my Downton Abbey on. 

    • Anonymous

      TLO!  THANK YOU!  I have been asking myself over and over again “What happened to sleeves on a bridal gown?”  Of course, I made my own bridal gown a few years ago of gold raw silk.  With SLEEVES.

    • Anonymous

      The veils scare me.  It’s like they’re strangling the models.  Honestly, that’s all I could focus on.

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

      Preach it. The bridal industry is a crock.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

      #5 from the bottom looks like something from the Martha Stewart Weddings book back in the 80s. 
      Yes, the gold flowered one is really nice
      #4 DOES look like a jumpsuit.
      And while I think A lot of them are fussy kind of grooving on #10 the more I look at it.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      I think the sleeves of the 80s were so horrendously large and ostentatious that they killed the sleeve for decades.  Duchess Catherine’s dress will help bring them back, and some of these little cap sleeves are lovely. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow, these are hideous.  Some don’t even look well sewn.  What a mess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Charlotte-Siewierkiewicz/503556621 Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      I liked the previous birdal collection more. These are just meh, except the one with goldflowers and the last one, which is just a pretty dress and nothing more.

    • Anonymous

      My favorite is #7, and I generally like these better than Lhullier’s collection from a few days ago.  But they’re still not terribly appealing.  I don’t understand the whole “I’m a hot sexy woman in white” ethic of wedding dresses.  In a traditional, formal wedding, grooms are expected to wear tuxedos, often with vests, ties that keep their shirts from being open at the collar, long sleeves, and long pants.  I will cotton up to knee length, sleeveless, low cut wedding dresses when the designers pair them with groom’s outfits that feature shorts and tank tops (with laced up oxfords to remind everyone that this is, after all, a serious occasion).

    • Barbara Singleterry

      The last one looks like the dress my mom wore to her sorority pledge night.  #14 reminds me of the negligee my grandmother made for her wedding night.  I like #10, but not for a wedding and in a different color….

    • oohsparkley!

      Oh you guys are funny!  Pretending that all wedding gowns look alike.  Right!  Just like all little black dresses are the same.

    • Anonymous

      Some of these dresses we have seen hundreds of times before.  But I like the first one.  Especially with the quirky veil.

    • Anonymous

      I wore a blue dress for my wedding, with styling very similar to the above…..I even wore Badgley Mischka shoes! It’s sad to think that a girl from Indiana was ahead of the bridal curve…….

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      i love quite a number of them .. at least they have some design elements, unlike the last bridal collection shown.

    • Anonymous

      look 16: the Anya wedding mu-mu! Too soon?