Having moved to Palm Beach, Mark Badgley and James Mischka are perpetually in a resort state of mind. On the phone from Florida, they report that the party scene is slowly picking up again, with a difference. Women, Badgley says are “definitely not sacrificing comfort anymore for looks,” and opting for “a slightly more relaxed glamour.”
The duo responded to that in a collection that features many shorter and more bohemian looks, as well as jumpsuits, alongside the impactful looks for big events in hues like tangerine orange, lime, and aquamarine, that they are known for. With the exception of these dresses and despite the designers’ access to sun and color, the resort lineup is curiously low-key colorwise, with neutrals predominating and contributing to the dispassionate mood of the offering as a whole.