For Badgley Mischka F/w 2012, as well as their younger diffusion line (Mark and James), Mark Badgley and James Mischka were inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 expressionist film Metropolis which was set in an lustrous urban dystopia. Starring silent film actress Brigitte Helm, the film’s fashion took a futuristic approach to the art deco movement of the late ’20s, which is how one could characterize this Badgley Mischka collection. With models donning the same voltage-infused hair and Tim burton Character-esque (as an artist backstage described it) makeup as Helm did, the runway was a sea of black, gold and everything in between. The color palate was a beautiful interpretation of the time period as exact hues could not be identified in Metropolis as it was filmed in black and white.”We colored it the way we thought it should be.”explained the designers. Glimmering gold, midnight black, emerald green, rosey copper and deep bronze shown brightly on luxurious textures comprised of jet beading, tweed, lamé and other deco materials. The silhouettes were slanky with long, lean lines perfect for accentuating a statuesque figure.
The show’s runway music provided by Javier Peral was modern mix of pop, rock n’roll and electro, opening with runway favorite Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new track, “Paradisco”, a subtle complement to the jazzy designs. The runway would soon be electrified with PlanningtoRock’s “Living It Out” remixed by When Saints Go Machine, a vibrant seraphic masterpiece which set the tone for the rest of mix. Closing with “Raw Spectacle” by Miracle Fortress, the finale was dreamlike. Have a listen!
LISTEN // BADGLEY MISCHKA F/W 2012 TRACK LIST
“Paradisco” by Charlotte Gainsbourg
“Living It Out (When Saints Go Machine)” by PlanningtoRock
“Theme for Great Cities” by Simple Minds
“Et (Edgar Tones Remix) by Madita
“Raw Spectacle” by Miracle Fortress