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Badgley Mischka channeled the look of the 1920s futuristic German movie “Metropolis” into New York Fashion Week. The clothes were leaner and more angular than one often sees from designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who largely cater to the eveningwear needs of socialites and celebrities.

E! red-carpet commentators Kelly Osbourne and Joan Rivers sat together in the front row.

It was pretty _ that’s what they do _ but not in a flowery way.

Badgley said he and his partner saw “Metropolis” this past fall and were struck by the sexy armor-like costumes. They included in their collection many metallic fabrics, including the opening bronze-colored gown made of sequins and chiffon that had fringed shoulders and chains draped across an otherwise open back. There was also a tarnished-gold lame pajama top and pant combination and platinum lame brocade dress with a jeweled collar and cutouts on the shoulder.

One of the last dresses on the catwalk was rose-colored hammered satin gown that, again with cutouts, created the appearance of long gloves even though the model’s hands were bare.


Jewels were everywhere on Oscar de la Renta’s runway at New York Fashion Week.

The fashion legend used blown up versions of actual jewelry as inspiration for his prints. He put jeweled headbands in his models’ hair and he embellished cardigans and coats with the sparklers for his fall collection that debuted Tuesday.

As for colors, there was black, expected for the season, but also ice blue and light pink.

“I used a lot of colors you would not associate with winter colors but today’s woman doesn’t dress for seasons,” he said.

The rest of the runway was filled with the rich, luxury items one would expect from de la Renta. There was a silver arctic fox collar, Chantilly lace applique on a chiffon blouse, cashmere sweaters and a gown with a gold silk taffeta skirt.

Rare for most designers, de la Renta listed in detail the jewelry his models wore: Russian gold, pearl and crystal earrings, a multi topaz crystal ring.

The runway ended with a series of gowns with large tulle skirts in shades of rose, blue and silver.


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