New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week for spring 2015 celebrated color and romance, as evening wear designers walked richly embellished glamorous gowns. Designers who traditionally produce sportswear also added innovative embroideries to upgrade their collections. Stitches scoped out two designer runways that stood out for their embroidery this season.
The design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka celebrated 25 years of their popular evening wear label with their spring 2015 collection that nods to florals and romance. Their runway was a parade of elegant day looks and dream gowns. For daytime, their paired fluid silk pants and flirty skirts with tweed jackets with motorcycle styling or luxury cardigans. The show-stopper evening wear combined a gorgeous palette of light purple, pale blue, and different shades of gray and caramel.
The most elegant dresses were lavishly embroidered with jewels, moonstones and satin flowers. Badgley and Mischka layered embroidery on top of lace or embellished soft tonal prints, and used rich beading to accent an elaborate cherry blossom pattern.
Bibhu Mohapatras spring 2015 collection took glamour cues from the 1920s and 1930s. The show was a tribute to heiress Nancy Cunard, a contemporary of artistic greats like Ernest Hemingway and Man Ray.
The designer’s color palette was stark, with black, ivory, oxblood red, pale blue and orange mixed with geometric patterns. These wicker basket-like prints were interpreted in different scales and distorted across luxury fabrics, and softer rose and red colors were reserved for embroidered styles.
Mohapatra often styled the models with a retro turban and sunglasses like the madcap heiresses of old Hollywood movies. Bias-draped evening gowns exuded the old-world glamour of the silver screen. The designer’s oversized beaded flower motifs paired with pale pink satin reminded were also a big retro nod.