When the renowned design team of Mark Badgley and James Mischka approached the well known women’s designer dress company Caché about creating an exclusive dress collection, they were thrilled. They say it has been a pleasure to watch these signature gowns and cocktail dresses take shape, and an experience they wanted to share with you. Their interview with Badgley Mischka offers special access to the inspiration and creative process of the team hailed by Vogue as one of America’s Top 10 designers, whose dresses are regularly seen on the red carpet at the Oscars and Golden Globes.
What’s been most exciting about creating Badgley Mischka dresses for Caché?
We have loved the creative process for our capsule collection. It’s especially exciting to design pieces with our signature glamour and the Caché customer specifically in mind.
How would you describe the similarities between the Caché woman and the woman who wears Badgley Mischka?
The Caché woman and the Badgley Mischka customer both love to feel glamorous and special, both day and night.
When designing a collection, where do you draw your inspiration?
We’re continually inspired by the world around us –whether it’s the streets of New York on a daily basis or an exotic destination where we’re vacationing. And always, always, always the allure of Old Hollywood. Our friend Tom Ford is another big inspiration. I have a huge admiration for him, and many of his clothes. I also have Tom Ford glasses that I adore – he is a wonderful person and a constant source of pleasure to us both.
What are some of your favorite dress trends for 2017?
2017 embraces some of our favorite themes – lots of sophisticated color, from beautiful pastels to vibrant jewel tones, diaphanous, flowing fabrics, and asymmetric shapes inspired by Grecian gowns and 1930’s film heroines.
We love the fabulous halter dress you created for us – the one with the contrast lace appliqué at the shoulder. Can you tell us what inspired this original design and how it came together?
We love the ease of caftans and sell a lot of them in our stores. We wanted Caché to have their own version, so we designed a dress that has the f eel of a caftan but in a more body conscious silhouette.
Your dresses are regularly seen on the red carpet – any event dressing highlights you’d like to share?
One of our favorite red carpet moments is the first time one of our dresses was worn to the O scars – by Winona Ryder. Dressing Jennifer Lopez for four Oscars in a row has to be up there too.