Badgley Mischka Spring 2012

The hair was high and the vibe was super-feminine at Badgley Mischka, whom I suspect have been reading The Help—their very coquettish collection was heavy on flirty flounces, ruffles, and peplums, with syrupy-sweet doses of pink, yellow, turquoise, and red, in shades varying from soft pastels to blaring neons. Mixing their namesake line with their contemporary Mark + James outing as they have in seasons past, the collections interspersed the duo's signature heavily embellished red-carpet looks with more trend-conscious pieces like corset tops, palazzo pants, and high-waisted shorts; the only disconnect was that some looks seemed intended for the mother, and some for her daughter. But judging by many of the attendees and their attire for a 10 a.m. show, age-appropriate dressing is the least of their concerns. Regardless, it was a lovely collection, especially if springtime has you yearning to dress like a southern belle. Look for the diaphanous chiffon gowns on the red carpet soon.

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