Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka are gurus of glamour, having spent the last 18 years creating breathtaking beaded gowns under their label, Badgley Mischka. A favorite of Hollywood starlets, the label is known for its almost over-the-top detail and sophisticated glitz. But with its Spring 2007 collection, unveiled yesterday at New York Fashion Week, Badgley Mischka took a surprisingly minimalist turn, working mainly in black and white with only the occasional gown of goldenrod.
Badgley Mischka recently decided to go in a more mature direction with its advertising, dropping the Olsen twins in favor of Sharon Stone as the new face of the line, and that maturity was reflection in the collection. The designers traded their usual mazes of beading for old-fashioned ruffled collars and simple criss-cross details. Most notably, Badgley Mischka—known for its flowing forms—seems to be favoring the sheath dress and boxy empire-waist look that is so prevalent right now, and I'm just not sure how I feel about that. To see all of Fabsugar's Fashion Week coverage, click here. To view the rest of the Badgley Mischka collection,