Badgley Mischka x Duffy Dossier

Badgley Mischka x Duffy Dossier

Fashion Group International of Chicago

Post-Event Review by Alex Duffy of Duffy Dossier


When I heard that Mark Badgley  and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka were being honored by Fashion Group International – Chicago at their Night of Stars Gala this November 12 … I couldn’t help but think of my last encounter with the two talented designers at their Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Show this past September. 


While Fashion month is behind us and we are a Chicago winter (ugh!) away from Spring/Summer 2016 … to keep my spirits up, and looking forward to November, I thought this a perfect time to talk about Badgley and Mischka’s signature style. 


Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been together for almost 20 years! Since 1988, the fashion-designing-duo have been working side by side.


“The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant,” says Mischka. Badgley and Mischka settle themselves into a timeless, elegant niche in the luxury fashion market. Their style lends itself to a tailored, classic red carpet and casts a smoldering view into fashion-couture. (source,




After quickly arriving, I promptly sat myself next to Sara, a Fashion Editor friend of mine, and set up shop in the third row at Badgley Mischka’s Runway Show. My stylized hat came off, camera lens at the ready and my cell phone, unlocked, on my lap for instant LIVE-captures for social media.



The air in the room matched the brand’s simple elegance. Helen Mirren sat front row, a stunning and well-light runway laid itself in the center of the floor. The atmosphere was hustled, yet hushed; those in attendance were experienced and professional. I was honored to be there.



The show began and, as expected – the fabrics, the models, the pace, the photographers flashing, the lights, the music, the swift action … it was exactly what a real fashion show is. This show is what I imagine fashion shows were like in the 90s.



Silks, sequins, gold and pink hues, roses, sheer fabrics, pale whites, swift embroidery, charcoals and pale yellows. Ice-blue colored pant suits that were shorts and to die for …



I noticed and loved two patterned gowns: with silver metallic and gold metallic. A few of the florals featured on the runway were 3D, you could tell they were hand sewn onto the physical garment. It was flawless.



A few of the patterns down this season’s Badgley Mischka runway were bold and large. The flowers and butterfly designs found on the gowns were clearly represented. The creatures actually came to life through the physical design. Somewhat opposite: I did see the occasional saturated pink and pale yellow.



This was my first Badgley Mischka Runway Show. It’s not the last. One of the best things, for me, about fashion week, is returning to a show, season after season. You learn so much! I find the flow of fashion and fashion design, so fascinating.



Extraordinary show.


I’m looking forward to the Night of Stars this November in Chicago!



Alex Duffy of Duffy Dossier


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