Last night at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards, host Carrie Underwood changed looks a staggering 10 times! The singer brought an array of designer outfits to the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and started the night off in a Ralph & Russo Couture dusky-pink sheer gown covered in delicate rose-gold floral-and-crystal embellishments on the red carpet. From navy embroidered Badgley Mischka pants and a white crop top, to a show-stopping Christian Siriano ruffly pink floral gown, she dazzled during her hosting duties. Carrie’s choices — all paired with her signature wavy locks — spanned the style spectrum. Though Carrie didn’t top last year’s record-breaking 12 outfit changes, her other 2013 looks (including a silver Grecian-inspired Talbot Runhof gown, a tuxedo romper and a Georges Chakra mod pink, orange, and black stomach-baring trapeze dress) certainly hit the mark!
Opening Night of the American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Season with Sigourney Weaver, Christian Siriano, and MoreOct 31, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
The scene at Lincoln Center was one filled with excitement as stars and designers alike gathered at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City last night for the American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Fall Gala. Celebrity fans of the ballet, including Sigourney Weaver, Alan Cumming, and the evening’s hosts Mark Badgely and James Mischka, were all looking forward to the magical but stormy evening ahead–the night’s theme was inspired by the world premiere of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” ”I love ABT. They’re such an amazing company, an amazing organization,” Sigourney Weaver (in Badgley Mischka) told InStyle.com as she made her way into the theater. A sentiment that Mischka seconded. “The performances are always amazing,” he said. “It’s always astonishing and an inspiration to see them.” And that it was! The two-hour performance was well received by the more than 700 guests who were all treated to two world premieres, the “Aftereffect” choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, and “The Tempest” choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
After the performances (and many rousing rounds of applause), guests headed upstairs where they entered a real-life tempest. To create the effect of the stormy seas featured in the ballet, designer Bronson van Wyck installed a 180-foot hand painted mural and floor-to-ceiling tornados throughout the space. “These tornados are so cool!” designer Christian Siriano told InStyle.com. The theme even extended to the menu, too, which included a “Tempest” appetizer course of meats and cheese, and even into the night’s signature cocktail, which was a stormy concoction of sweet fruit flavors. But the night wasn’t all glamour, the event raised $1.65 million dollars for the ABT and their education and community outreach programs.
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Calling all fashionistas: Rent the Runway is now offering extended sizes with their RTR Plus line! The new range includes over 40 styles of plus-size dresses by the hottest designers like Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo, Theia, and more, guaranteed to flatter your curves in all the right places. “Every woman deserves to feel beautiful before the most important occasions in her life,” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway. “Every woman, regardless of her size, should have her choice of the designer dress that gives her the most self-confidence.” We hear that! The RTR Plus collection is now available for rental on renttherunway.com, with prices ranging from $50 to $200. Click the photo to browse the entire RTR Plus line!
It’s not just for ’80s theme parties anymore! Models at The Blonds, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, and Zang Toi took the runway in gorgeous blue shadows that ranged from deep cobalt to sheer seafoam. While The Blonds went for the most dramatic finish, pairing the bold color with winged-out liner and a red lip, the rest of the looks balanced the effect by keeping the rest of the makeup light and airy. We especially loved Zang Toi’s subtle periwinkle liner, and Badgley Mischka’s translucent shadow. “I wanted the colors to be very see-through,” Badgley Mischka’s lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux told us before the show. “The entire eyelid is covered with a transparent blue-aqua color, and we kept it very sheer. I wanted to be able to see the skin underneath the eye shadow.” If you’re eager to try the trend, make sure to keep the rest of your makeup in neutral tones, and go easy on the liner and mascara. Too many vivid hues can create a busy effect, and while we love Dynasty-era Joan Collins and her overly glam makeup, we think the drama is best left onscreen.
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Designer: Badgley Mischka
Location: Theatre at Lincoln Center
What was it like: Elegant, sleek, and very Badgley Mischka. The runway held a minimalist black and white color palette, which allowed the showstopping gowns to be the center of attention.
Why we love this collection: Chalk it up to The Little Mermaid, but any collection that uses the sirens of the sea as muses is fine by us. Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka looked to the ocean for inspiration, using both Jacques Henri Lartigue’s beachy ’20s and ’30s-era photographs and, of course, mermaids to create a range of polished daytime separates and ethereal evening gowns. “The women in the photos were very nonchalant, and just divine looking,” Mischka said of Lartigue’s work. “For evening, we took our inspiration from the Aegean sea — our woman dives into the ocean and emerges as a mermaid.” Although the pieces pack a lot of volume, the designers used delicate, airy materials to keep each item lightweight. “The fabrics are very diaphanous,” said Badgley. “If you can’t pick it up with your pinky, it doesn’t pass the test.” The duo even mentioned how they’d love to dress Jennifer Lawrence, and we can already see the star in the ruffled aqua dress, pictured center. “I think this gown kind of exemplifies what the evening pieces are all about,” Badgley added.
When it comes to red carpet gowns, Badgley Mischka‘s elegant designs are a go-to for everyone from Helen Mirren to Taylor Swift, and now, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka have their sights set on dressing everyone’s celebrity BFF, Jennifer Lawrence! Backstage at the label’s Spring 2014 show at New York Fashion Week, the duo told reporters why they think Lawrence would be perfect in one of their gorgeous pieces. “We’ve had the opportunity to dress a lot of celebrities, but we haven’t dressed Jennifer Lawrence yet,” Mischka said. “She’d be great! She’s so fun.” His sentiments were mirrored by Badgley. “She is so fun!” he said. “And she already has this sort of iconic glamour queen thing going on. It’s a great combination.” We agree, and with Catching Fire premieres and awards season just around the corner, we’re hoping the star will be inspired to wear one of the label’s sophisticated gowns.
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Mark Badgley and James Mischka are married men! The designing duo, who have been in business together for the last 28 years, tied the knot on Friday at City Hall in New York City. Badgley and Mischka met at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, then launched their brand in 1988 and opened a bridal business shortly after. And it seems Badgley’s had his mind on marriage for a while now—this is what the designer told us backstage at Fashion Week: “I find [fashion shows] very nerve-racking. It’s like putting on a wedding twice a year. We work for six months and it’s over in ten minutes!” This event, however, lasts a lifetime—congratulations, gentlemen!
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The Academy Awards are not only a huge night for those nominated, but also for the designers who dress them! During New York Fashion Week, we asked designers to tell us which gowns from their fall 2013 collections they’d love to see on the Oscars’ red carpet, and all of them were quick to give us their top picks. “I’m sure any designer would love to have a great Oscars moment!” Christian Siriano told InStyle.com when we caught up with him backstage at his show. “There are so many actresses that I love and support.” Indeed! Click through to see the exact gowns Siriano, plus (from left to right) Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, and more picked—and keep your eyes on our red carpet coverage, starting this Sunday at 6 pm, to see what Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and all the other nominees choose to wear for their big night!