Badgley Mischka Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 18, 2012


People toss around the phrase “old Hollywood glamour” a lot, and it’s certainly always applied to the Badgley Mischka aesthetic, but with this collection, they took the term to literal levels. The inspiration comes from the 1936 film version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and offers up a succession of glittering, floral, embroidered fantasy-based fairy looks dripping with, of course, glamour of the old Hollywood variety.



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  • Roosevelt 85

    OUT. They look OVERWORKED. Is Michael Costello working for Badgley Mischka now?

  • Oooo, am I first?

    First two rows, the color screamed calamine lotion to me.  It got better as it went along.  I actually like most of the clothes, but not that particular pink.

    • Broadly speaking I like everything but the gowns. But the appearance of the rose vortex is

    • Candigirl1968

      There may be about 3 folks on the planet for whom that shade of pink is flattering. I have a feeling they won’t be the 3 we see in those dresses. 

  • peacockprincess

    Coming soon to a Red Carpet near you!  Just gorgeous for the most part.  Did Ven get a job with them (last dress on the penultimate row)

    • you’renotmysupervisor!!

      ha! chest rose, aisle 4!

    • random_poster

      Ven…exactly! If he hasn’t got a job with them, he should apply before he starts screaming that they ripped off his trademark roses.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      We could have such fun matching celebs with gowns from this collection!

    • Lisa_Cop

      I wrote about the white peplum top – 3rd row center – that has a huge origami rose. Inspired by Ven? I know the boys watch Project Runway because Micheal Costello tweeted pic of himself, James & Mark watching PR last week.

      • We’ve been deleting all Project Runway-related comments in non-PR-related comments section (especially the Fashion Week posts) because that kind of stuff tends to get out of hand at this time of year and we’ve worked very hard to make this site much more than a Project Runway fansite. It seemed impossible that people weren’t going to mention Ven once they saw the roses in this collection, so we knew we’d have to let it go for this one. But part of the reason we tend to put the kibosh on these convos is because inevitably, someone will erroneously float the idea that the designer being featured somehow ripped off a Project Runway contestant.

        Kittens, to be blunt, that’s nuts. And it’s a bit of a slap in the face to the designers being discussed. Ven did not invent fabric roses, just like Leanne didn’t invent petal pleats, and Christian didn’t invent puffy sleeves and Rami didn’t invent draping. Badgley and Mischka, whatever else one might think of them, are well-established designers with a long brand history behind them. Even if you wanted to put forth the idea that they’re stealing ideas from a cable TV reality competition in its tenth season, the timing just doesn’t work. All runway collections from this past Fashion Week have been in the planning and designing for months. There’s no way Badgley Mischka saw one of Ven’s fabric roses on TV less than two months ago and planned their collection around them.

    • My thoughts exactly XD.

  • rainwood1

    Those fabrics are gorgeous!

    • That was my first thought! I kinda want to touch them… 

  • Broadly speaking I like everything but the gowns. But the appearance of the rose vortex is worrisome.

  • gabbilevy

    I don’t love all of these, but that first gown and the gown on the left in the second row are made from stunning fabrics. Nothing groundbreaking in the shapes, but the fabrics—beauties.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Hate the colors. Hate hate hate. Reminds me of hotel paintings circa 1989.

    • filmcricket

      Yep, they’re vomitous. They remind me of my grandmother’s bathroom.

  • Dress 1: someone mentioned Charles Rennie Mackitosh recently: that’s a frank theft from one of his tapestries. Dress 4 is a detail from a Morris and Company wallpaper, and no, I’m not complaining. I’m hoping there’s a general run to more Arts and Crafts designs (inspired-by or frank theft, I don’t care, I’m easy), so the textiles might be available without special ordering at a big price.

  • Kyle Crawford

    yeah… A little hit and miss…

  • Aly Light

    I love so much in this collection, but most prominently the soft pink blazer-style top tucked into the full, drape-y skirt in the first row. I want that so much.

  • Sobaika

    Not my favorite collection per se, but it’s so very luxe. One of the shows I really wish I could have seen in person to appreciate.

  • hughman

    That chiffon Superhero Cape-let on the 6th row down literally made me burst out laughing. 

  • Frank_821

    I smirked seeing 2 outfits with rose vortexes. And Ven thinks he’s so original…Oh that legacy of Angela’s lives on…lol

  • oh, how lovely!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Very pretty – but who did the hair on these models?!

  • siriuslover

    I love the purples and blues of this collection. I love the skirts on many of the long dresses, but not the bodices. 

  • crash1212

    Are those bedazzled sweat pants 5 rows down? Oh my. There is much to love in this collection, but I just can’t with the giant rose thingies…the Ven-bot from PR has ruined any sort of embellishment like that for life.

    •  And is the first one in the first row a caped pantsuit?

  • Carrieanno

    I look forward to the day when my first thought is not “somebody please get those poor models a sandwich!”

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I literally sat up in my chair when I saw the print on that first gown. Lovely collection. I was trying to think of who might be able to wear that blue gown with the floral appliqué and drape at the neck without looking completely twee. Mia Wasikowska? Milla Jovovich would look stunning in the gown to the right of it. The whole thing makes me want to play dress-up with some Hollywood dollies.

  • It’s the Amy Adams collection.

  • That one on the right, 2nd row from the bottom looks weird to me..the rest are pretty

  • Pants_are_a_must

    If the palest models get dressed in life-sucking colors, why do we expect sheep stylists for celebs to think any differently? BAD BADGLEY MISCHKA. BAD.

  • OMFG!  That first gown is STUNNING!!

  • MilaXX

    Mostly pretty. First row, 3rd dress screams FLOTUS. Only quibble is Ven has ruined any hope of me every liking giant chest flowers.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I love this color palette. No idea why, but….I just love pinks, gold, cream, and nude. And that last dress (the orange)….do want.

  • meowing

    Other than a few peek-a-boobs and a Ven rose or two, the word that comes to mind is: ladylike.  Sadly, not a word you hear often anymore, or a concept you see in practice much any more, but lovely, nonetheless.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Is it just me or are a couple of those models REALLY bony?!?

    • AnneElliot

      There’s an awful lot of sternum on that runway.

  • ChiKat67

    Dear Messrs Badgley & Mischka,

    Thank you for sending beautiful, fully-lined dresses down the runway.  

    • Celandine1

       LIKE times a 1000!

  • PinkLemon

    who’s buying me the silk blush blazer?

  • jilly_d

    Michelle Dockery, your new wardrobe has arrived, darling.  You can pick it up this afternoon.

  • EEKstl

    Showstopping.  Had to chuckle at the flower bodice.  Ven, pay attention: This is how it’s done.

    That final coral gown is jaw-dropping.

  • bitterk

    Not my favorite collection from these two.  The colors remind me of band aids.  I do like the grey gown, third row from bottom, middle. 

    • AnneElliot

      I agree, why so many dull-colored dresses?  There are so many beautiful colors, why so few?  Those purple dresses in the 7th row and the coral at the end are gorgeous, but the rest are so muted.  

  • OMG! They’ve discovered the “VenEffect”

  • STUNNING!  Except, the Ven Rose bodice did make me let out a giggle!

  • A lot of looks here made me stop and stare in awe for a while, but particularly the first and second dresses on the second-last row (how unfortunate that they’re right next to that awful chest rose!). The middle one in particular is just stunning.

  • Lisa_Cop

    Did you see the huge white origami rose on the look – center, 3rd row. After seeing a picture of Micheal Costello with James & Mark watching Project Runway last week, I really wonder whether that white top was inspired by Ven. Crazy, right?

    •  Yes: crazy. Please see our response elsewhere in this comments section.

  • Ethereal and lovely. I imagine we’ll be seeing this collection a lot on the red carpet.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Nothing exciting from them for a long time. And then there’s the Ven effect…

  • ChelseaNH

    Nice, but some of the models are distractingly skinny.

  • Very pretty. Some of the pieces are a little too overdone for me, but overall it’s a beautiful collection. 

  • lizajane1776

    All very lovely, nothing I can picture myself in (other than the skirt in look 3 in row 3 and maybe the first dress in row 8), but I can see many  many elements that can be called upon and simplified and put into a lower end line.

  • quiltrx

    REALLY pretty, and I love the color palette!  With my particular brand of pale skin, I could actually wear all of these except probably that orange in the last row.  I particularly love the ballerina pink and the silvery shades.

  • Oh, Mary Louise Streep?  the middle dress in the first row is calling you!
    Penelope Cruz?  When you drop kick that awful pink Versace from the previous post right out the door, please replace it with the purple gown on the right, 7th row.
    FLOTUS gets the one on the right, 9th row.

    Love so many of these looks!

  • boweryboy

    Too much beige.

  • Judih1

    Snaps for the diversity of models! Love 80% of the collection

  • everest19


  • Mmyeah, I want everything. Love this line!

  • Nevermind

  • afabulous50

    The gowns are stunning – although I’m not sure I like the “Ven-inspired” rose technique on the one gown, and one blouse…

  • I don’t love all of them, but there are some very nice gowns there that I hope to see on the RC. 

  • First row, dress in the middle – I’d KILL to be able to afford to buy that to wear to my son’s wedding in December.

  • gloriafaith

    The old Hollywood styles were worn by women with real curves and fuller figures. All of these dresses would look
    better on models better able to fill them out. 

  • oohsparkley!

    No timpressed. It’s mostly drab to me. With the exception of the dark purple gown, I’d wear that one to my fantasy red carpet.

  • Monabel

    The Reinhardt MSND? I don’t see it at all. Did some PR department come up with that?

  • emcat8

    Those trousers in the third row middle… sigh. Why do I have to be a mere mortal?

  • 7th and 8th rows down – I love them all unequivocally.   Mmm… must go watch Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • I love most of it! so pretty!

  • ccm800

    Love half – hate half

  • LinXGUA

    I’ve been looking at that golden skirt for an alarming amount of time. My favorite look. How pretty.