Badgley Mischka Fall 2012

When & where: Tuesday, February 14 at 10 a.m., the Theatre, Lincoln Center 
Runway recap: The recession must be ending—or at least Badgley Mischka hope it is—because everything the design duo showed for fall was luxe: gold satin, jeweled details, metallic tweed, lamé, brocade, and beading upon beading. The palette was almost strictly black, gold, and silver, with a dose of emerald (green! subtle!) thrown in for good measure. What's even more remarkable is that, as is their practice, Badgley Mischka showed all three of their lines (namesake, couture, and Mark + James) together, and it all looked so rich, I couldn't tell what was what. Granted, my seat was in the back (and it was too dark to read the run of show), but that's an accomplishment. Silhouette-wise, nearly everything was lean and close to the body, with trumpet hems on many of the gowns, all the better to let the super-glam fabrics and embellishments take center stage.
Bonus points: Front row guests Kelly Osbourne, Kate Mara, Shay Mitchell, Erin Andrews, Kelly Bensimon, and Coco Rocha were all firmly in place, the runway had been cleared, but the show still hadn't started. Then, out came Joan Rivers, to thunderous applause from the audience. She can still bring down the house.
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