I got to meet designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, in store at Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland a few weeks, I had a chance to get a five minute one on one with the designers and talk about their Spring 2016 collection, and about “bar” shoes.
GJ: Looking at your beautiful Spring 2016 collection, and I’ve noticed that it is more tone down and with classic shapes, where are you heading with that?
JM: Just in general people are wearing things that are less ornate and less encrusted. We responded to that, our clients where asking for things that are a little more lighter, but we still do ornate maybe six per season instead of sixteen per season, of that kind of over the top encrusted pieces. Those are still important to us and there are customers for that. There are also clients that want dresses for events where they don’t need to have so much, so they asked us to do something more subtle and the response has been incredible, and we believe we did the right by doing that.
MB: I think Spring is a good time for this, a lot of it is guest of weddings and more subdued evenings. Where a woman doesn’t necessarily go over embellished and specially at weddings, where she doesn’t want to look like she is trying to hard and is outdoing the bride or bridal party. For fall we tend to be more decorative as it’s more of a festive season. But we will are hearts will be into the high drama and glamour of evening dressing and this will always be our business core.
GJ: What are your 3 must haves for Spring evenings, for the Badgley Mischka woman?
MB: Well I think evening separates are making a big comeback, they where sort of quiet for a while and I think that it’s a great way to wear important pieces, but at the same time the fact that they are separate, you can wear them back for something more casual, you can make it your own look, dress it up or down easily and still make a statement.
Another one is the cocktail dress, as I think there are not many events where a gown is appropriate as it used to be, but at the same time they want something important but floor length takes more of a black tie connotation. So, I think the cocktail dress is important and I am not talking about the little black dress, more like a great, beautifully designed party dress, that a little bit leggy.
JM: A jewel evening shoe too, it’s really important to have for spring, because it can take an outfit that is otherwise simple, if you have a little sparkle on your feet, it really dresses it up.
MB: Even with jeans and a little Jacket.
JM: Our girls like to wear a jewel on the heel. We call them “bar” shoes because they are good to sit at a bar on a bar stool.
GJ: That’s a cool one. I have never heard this term before, I’m going to start using it.
Pictures by me.