Ladies, start saving your nickles and dimes now. We’ve seen what Mark Badgley and James Mischka have to offer for this fall and we absolutely insist that you have one of these pieces in your wardrobe. This ultra-glamorous collection is not to be missed and I would be very concerned that once it hits  racks at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue this fall the best pieces will likely be gone well before Thanksgiving. This is a once-in-a-lifetime collection on which you absolutely do not want to miss out.

We know that Badgley Mischka has a thing for old-school Hollywood glamour; that’s what makes their gowns so covetable come red carpet time each year. For this season, though, they have ramped that aesthetic up significantly, creating silhouettes so well-fitted and beautiful that I had chills running up and down my spine watching these dresses make their way down the catwalk.

One of the details that sets this collection apart, and it really is the details that do so, is the necklines. When not covered by bulky fur wraps, which I understand is part of the 1940s aesthetic but is still very unnecessary and distracting from the fashion, necklines for this collection are delicately embellished or softly scooped with ultimate feminity. They sit gently right at the collar bone, never plunging, never strangely shaped, but carefully accenting one of the most subtly attractive aspects of the female form.

Then, there’s the fabrics and their treatments. Tweed has never looked better than it does in a skirt and dress here. Leopard print, of which I have generally grown quite exhausted, is treated so well, especially in suit form, that I didn’t mind seeing spots. There, there was the treatment of metallics, including one gold floral brocade that elicited audible gasps as it glided down the runway. Silks, satins, and yes, velvet were all delightfully represented.

Here’s the thing: while Badgley Mischka is known for their gowns, they also do a wonderful job of making dresses appropriate for other occasions that don’t require arriving in a limousine. Moreover, they really do know how to make these dresses wearable for the average busy woman.

Mark Badgley said, ““We like to keep things effortless. It’s fabulous if you can spend hours getting ready, but a woman should also be able to bring a dress to work and change there for an evening out.”

Yes, glamour such as this does come at a price. Dresses this rich and wonderful aren’t sewn by computer-driven machines. They are well worth the sacrifice of a latte or two a week. Your body doesn’t really need all that extra fat anyway, does it?

Put one of these dresses in your fall budget now. You’ll be happier having done so.

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