Runway to Reality: S/S 2008 Badgley Mischka

Photos courtesy of Style.com

Other than a handful of looks that I found really striking, I would have to say that Badgley Mischka's Spring 2008 collection was unremarkable. Honestly, I found most of their looks, well, boring. But let's focus on the positives, shall we? My top 3 favorite looks are in no way representative of the collection as a whole, and, coincidentally, they all have ombré color on white...

Runway Highlights

My favorite look, of all things, is the one-piece swimsuit pictured above. A white swimsuit can be pretty unforgiving, but the graduated color around the waist has a great slimming effect. Not to mention, the monochromatic look is très chic. I also like the overall shape of this piece: the high neckline and straps show off the shoulders, and the sides are subtly cut-out. Best of all, there is a sash that ties around the waist and drips down the back (it's hard to tell in this picture). Now that is a couture swimsuit!

Some of the evening gowns were also really beautiful. The short dress, tinged with a shock of blue, is so evocative of summer and tropical seas... The shape is simple enough, but the top layer of fabric is free to float about as the body moves, for a lovely effect.

Finally, the long goddess dress is all elegant, flowing drapes and soft fabric. There are tiny black stripes at the bottom of the dress (they look gray from afar) that fade towards the top of the gown for a uniquely beautiful look.

Reality Check

Here are some real-life ideas:

- Look for swimsuits with a darker midsection for a slimming effect (I know I will be on the lookout for anything that looks remotely like the swimsuit shown here)

- If you're hesitant to wear all white for whatever reason, a dress that has a graduated color can be a choice number

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