Badgley Mischka at Sea

Written by: Maggie Blaha

Photography by: Anthony Morrison Photography /

Nautical is not the word that best describes the Badgley Mischka S/S 2014 collection, even though it was inspired by the sea. To be more specific, the collection was actually inspired by the photographs of Jacque Henri Lartigue, which feature women in the 1920s lounging alongside the French Riviera. The collection presented a large variety of daytime looks and nighttime looks, all with 1920s and 30s silhouettes and all reminiscent of the sea.

Lead stylist of the show Peter Gray told BellaSugar Australia that “the designers kept talking about Jacque Henri Lartigue’s seaside photography and the city of Atlantis, so we all agreed on mermaids.” The models were given soft pin curls that were brushed out to resemble waves, watery blue or green lids, and coral lips that created a look that was “mermaid chic.”

The collection looked at the sea from different angles, as it had pieces for lounging on the beach, sailing on a yacht, or living under the sea. The collection began with daywear in navy and white, including a great navy and white tweed that was used to make a skirt suit, trumpet skirt, and form-fitting dress. The collection ended with the line’s signature beaded gowns in a sea shade of green, and some with a mermaid silhouette.

Other trends seen throughout the collection were rounded high-top hats for daywear, waists cinched with bow-buckle belts, and cuts that accentuated shoulders, necklines, and hips. Form-fitting pencil skirts with embellishments on the hip made them look attractive and shapely.

Nothing says summer like the seaside, and Badgley Mischka’s nod to the sea is an updated version of a classic seaside look that strays from the nautical feel that is very popular right now.

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