Badgley Mischka adds sharper edges for fall

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Badgley Mischka channeled the look of the 1920s German movie "Metropolis" to a New York Fashion Week runway on Tuesday.

The clothes were leaner and more angular than one often sees from designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who largely cater to the eveningwear needs of socialites and celebrities. E! red-carpet commentators Kelly Osbourne and Joan Rivers sat together in the front row.

It was pretty -- that's what they do -- but not in a flowery way.

Badgley said he and his partner saw "Metropolis," about a futuristic city, this past fall and were struck by the sexy armor-like costumes. "The silhouette is long and lean, and doesn't have as much volume as we usually do."

He added, "The film is black and white, so we colored it the way we thought it should be."

Still, there was a lot of black, with pops of pink, teal and emerald green. They included many metallic fabrics, including the opening bronze-colored gown made of sequins and chiffon that had fringed shoulders and chains draped across an otherwise open back. There was also a tarnished-gold lame pajama top and pant combination and platinum lame brocade dress with a jeweled collar and cutouts on the shoulder.

One of the last dresses on the catwalk was rose-colored hammered satin gown that, again with cutouts, created the appearance of long gloves even though the model's hands were bare.


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