Glamour of old Hollywood inspires Badgley Mischka swimwear line

<p>Design team Badgley Mischka wants women to be as glamorous on the beach as they are at a gala.</p>




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A model wears a swimsuit from the Badgley Mischka collection.

Design team Badgley Mischka wants women to be as glamorous on the beach as they are at a gala. So their first swimsuit collection elegantly mirrors the elegance of their evening gowns, with jewelled embellishment, expert drapery and delicate embroidery.

Badgley Mischka unveiled their bathing suits Wednesday, during Miami’s fashion week, with designs reminiscent of old Hollywood. Brilliant metallics, navy blues, reds, limes and blacks predominated.

“We were sitting at the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel this summer imagining the poolside there during the ’40s and ’50s, all the glamorous stars taking their cocktails by the side of the Beverly Hills Hotel pool,” James Mischka explained.

He added that they were also inspired by the 1967 movie Valley Of The Dolls, which starred the late actress Sharon Tate, among others: “All-American girls going to Hollywood and seek their fortune,” Mischka said. “These are glamorous swimsuits. ... They are taking you to Palm Beach, Capri, and to St. Tropez and any yacht over 50 feet.”

On the runway, the front of a white one-piece was embellished with rusching and embroidered brown flowers, while pink jewels resembling brooches held together a black bikini.

“We used a lot of pretty hardware from our jewelry collection,” said Mark Badgley. “We use the same beading and embroidering people that we use in our couture collection to detail some of the suits.”

The coverups can double as informal eveningwear, Badgley said.

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