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MARK BADGLEY AND JAMES MISCHKA

When Mark Badgley and James Mischka teamed up, they had a mission: Bring back glamour and style in women’s wear. Now they are bringing this vision to their namesake home décor collection.

 

YOU’RE INVITING THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE, PAST OR PRESENT, FOR THE WEEKEND. WHO ARE THEY?

Truman Capote, Babe Paley, and Slim Keith. It would be amazing to recreate their social circle.

 

A FAVORITE NOVEL/CHARACTER WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Scarlett O’Hara (Mark); Perfum: The Story of a Murderer (James).

 

A MOVIE YOU WATCH OVER AND OVER?

Now, Voyager—because of Bette Davis (James).

Lawrence of Arabia—because of its cinematic, sweeping beauty (Mark).

 

WHO, PAST OR PRESENT, EMBODIES GLAMOUR?

Elizabeth Taylor. Her entire life was glamour.

 

WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET AWAY?

Tulum, to escape in beauty.

 

THE ONE PLACE IN NEW YORK YOU NEVER TIRE OF SEEING?

Grand Central Station.

 

A FASHION DESIGNER OF THE PAST YOU ADMIRE?

Geoffrey Beene (Mark); Bill Blass (James).

 

THE ONE ITEM YOU ALWAYS LIKE TO WEAR?

Cashmere V-neck sweater (Mark); white jeans (James).

 

THREE TRAITS THAT MAKE A PERSON BEAUTIFUL?

Confidence, restraint, humor.

 

WHAT MAKES A ROOM BEAUTIFUL/MEMORABLE?

One grand gesture and beautiful lighting.

 

A MOTTO YOU LIVE BY?

“The beat goes on…”

 

THE ROOM IN WHICH YOU BOTH SPEND THE MOST TIME?

Our living room — it has a fantastic view, great sofas, and our dogs.

 

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

Helping to bring back glamour to American fashion.

 

YOUR MOST COVETED OBJECTS?

Oil portraits of our dogs and horses.

 

THE ELEMENTS OF A PERFECT DAY?

At home, an empty schedule, and beautiful weather.

 

WHAT LED TO YOUR DESIGNING WEDDING SHOES?

Just as bridal gowns were a natural extension of our Couture and RTW collections, it made total sense to launch a bridal shoe collection inspired by our footwear collections. We love that the bride can accessorize her Badgley Mischka Bride gown with our bridal shoes to tie her look together seamlessly.

 

HOW DO YOU DEFINE THE WORD MILIEU?

Milieu is one’s personal world—their friends, surroundings, and social environment.

 

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Interview by David Masello

This story appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of MILIEU.