We caught up with Les Schweikert, Badgley Mischka’s Creative Director, at their 2017 collection launch…
Could you tell us about the new Badgley Mischka collections and what UK brides can expect from the new dresses?
Our brand identity is old Hollywood glam, and our motto is ‘one zip and you are glamorous’. We try to make everything easy to wear, and design it so it really shapes your body and gives you that easy, sexy, glamorous look without too much effort. So we have a lot of beading, that is kind of our signature, a lot of ruffles, a lot of bows, but we try and do it in a very tasteful, edited way.
What are the names of your new collections?
Belle Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka Bride collection
Badgley Mischka Bride – (these are the couture range)
What kind of bride would choose to wear Badgley Mischka?
It’s a girl that is not afraid to be the centre of attention on her wedding day. She is definitely a strong woman that is very confident and glamorous. Our new collection is a little more ‘boho glam’ as we are trying to make the gowns a little more casual and not as traditional and stuffy.
What makes Badgley Mischka gowns unique?
I think what makes them unique is all of the inner construction that you don’t see. Because we really do put a lot of effort into making the garment give you the shape that you want – that classic Hollywood, Jessica rabbit figure. When the bride tries the Badgley Mischka gown on is when she really sees the difference.
There are a lot of interesting details thoughout the collection. Can you explain how you create the unique effect on the Annabelle gown cape?
This is all hand painted in India, we mix latex into the paint and that’s how it looks pearlised. Then we paint on top of the tulle and the latex fills in the holes in the tulle so it becomes opaque and then we bead on top of it after that.
Can you tell us a little bit about the new range of Kaftans?
Sure, for example this one with the gold chunky neckline, the parts are all die cut and custom made in India creating all those tiny metal pieces. Other metal pieces are sand blasted to give that rustic look. We have also incorporated pieces of Bollywood jewellery that we have stitched into the gown with elastic. These elements are taken apart and applied to the neckline and used as beads. So the whole process is very detailed and involves lots of layers.
We love the new glamorous range of hair pieces, can you explain the design and how they are made?
We took acrylic sheets and hand cut all the petal shapes, then we heat them, fold them and mold them so they become flowers. The really cool thing about them is they have metal wires woven throughout them that is hidden with silver stitching that allows you to get the perfect fit for any head shape. They really give your outfit an incredibly glamorous look. They look like a real crown when worn.
The gorgeous new 2017 collection from Badgley Mischka will be available from Autumn 2016! Check out badgleymischka.com for more details…