Turning down the volume

<p>It must have been red-carpet day at New York Fashion Week. The collections presented yesterday by J. Mendel and Badgley Mischka were among the most glamorous to grace the catwalks at the fall previews so far.</p>

 



 

 

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Badgley Mischka showed silhouettes that were less voluminous and more fitted.





It must have been red-carpet day at New York Fashion Week. The collections presented yesterday by J. Mendel and Badgley Mischka were among the most glamorous to grace the catwalks at the fall previews so far.


Don’t be surprised if some of the gowns, especially Badgley Mischka’s platinum lame and crystal gown or J. Mendel’s stone-coloured satin gown with a sexy cowl back and a mermaid hem, turn up on an A-list star sometime in the very near future.










The Badgley Mischka dresses put into fabric a feeling that editors and retailers in the front row have been talking about all week — it’s a season of change. The favoured silhouette moves away from volume and becomes more fitted, but it’s not a seismic shift to an ultra-slim body, either.


One beautiful smoky-grey gown had a jewelled halter neck and a formfitting bodice but then flowed gracefully from a yoke at the knee. And a sophisticated cocktail dress combined a tight claret-coloured sheath with a billowy sheer black overlay.


 
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