Madonna. Catherine Zeta Jones. Jennifer Lopez. Sharon Stone. Jennifer Garner. Julia Roberts. Kate Winslet. Taylor Swift. Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrie Underwood. Mindy Kaling. J. Lo. Christina Hendricks. Taylor Swift. Katy Perry. Helen Mirren. Halle Berry. Brooke Shields. Jane Krakowski. Kate Winslet. Kelly Osbourne. Queen Latifah... Besides being gorgeous, what do these lovelies all have in common? A love of a glamorous Badgley Mischka evening dress that's a fab fit, whether you're a Hollywood award-winner, society bride, presidential daughter or one of the fabulous femme fatales that inspired Mark Badgley and James Mischka for their Fall/Winter runway collection.
"A paradox of the cool surface and the inner fire," notes Badgley. “Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties," adds Mischka. As do their fine fabrics and excellent craftsmanship...which tend to be a footnote in fashion history all-too-often these days. While their designs typically include luxe touches and details, the overall silhouette is simple, streamlined and elegant - very retro glam but with fash-forward flair.
And yes, black is always a failsafe choice for evening, but it's fun to step out after dark in color, if nothing else to stand out in a sea of black-black-black. White is a surprisingly stylish choice as is bright lipstick red. I love the retro elegance and curve-flattering draping of the sapphire gown (below, far right) with its beaded overlay. And if you're ready to pull out all the style stops, shimmy into the shimmery emerald number oozing with enough va-va-voom to pretty much guarantee you'll be the belle of the holiday ball.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Badgley Mischka. The words and choice of dresses are mine.]