2010 February 17

Runway Reviews: Elie Tahari, Badgley Mischka

Elie Tahari, Fall 2010 Elie Tahari, Fall 2010
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(NEW YORK) Elie Tahari
Elie Tahari’s Fall 2010 collection showed a touch of evolution from previous seasons but largely stayed within the brand's sweet spot of trendy, yet easy to wear. “It’s just evolving and growing,” Tahari said. Life is getting better every day. Women’s wear broke down into either black or bohemian. A serious of more attitude-filled black pieces included plenty of leather and fur. The bohemian group of looks also included fur, but was more focused on gold, grey and orange silks and knits. Menswear was simple and wearable, focusing on monochromatic looks in dark colors. Altogether, a strong showing for Elie Tahari that is sure to keep retailers pleased

Badgley Mischka
Mark Badgley and James Mischka truly outdid themselves this year by putting on two runway shows in one. First, 15 Badgley Mischka looks culminating in the traditional wedding gown followed by twice that number of looks from contemporary line Mark & James. The gown line delivered exactly what Badgley Mischka is known for—high wattage eveningwear. Several show-stopping pieces were covered top-to-bottom in sparkle with a subtle ombre effect. The contemporary line was not without its own brand of glamour. Fur, metallic fabrics, beading and glittery trim made it clear this was not intended to be your average grocery-shopping attire. But for designers all about outrageously over-the-top glamour, they exercised ample restraint to make the contemporary line wearable yet special enough to treasure.