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BADGLEY MISCHKA FALL/WINTER RTW 2015

These guys have turned out some of the most exquisite evening dresses of the last three decades. Though many of them were perhaps earlier rather than later, it is a requirement of the designers to continue to evolve and push the envelope. But a large part of Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2015 envelope should be marked, "Return To Sender." It's not that it was bad, but it was largely uninspiring.

With the exception of the matador-inspired group, which was not only exquisite, but seemed to be the most natural evolution for the designers. Slim-cut black, white and red pieces lavishly encrusted with large gold beads. Faaabulous. There was a very ladies-who-lunch group of self-fringed wool dresses and ensembles. Yawn. An also-ran group was

the.brocades, only semi-successful, at best, but featuring a couple of stand-outs.

A red-and black group was mercifully brief. The best silhouette was a enchanting belted day dress in a nubby russet-colored wool with a large dry-brush plaid with bateau-neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, and a swingy skirt hitting just below the knee. Really chic. The stand-out look of the show was from the matador-inspired group: a blousey man-tailored white silk charmeuse blouse was paired with a high-waisted matador-inspired black skirt divinely slim all the way to the floor (and sporting a sexy inset sweep-train at the back), with a wide yoke at the waist encrusted with brilliant gold beads that trailed down the hips. Not just faaabulous. Fucking faaabulous.

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Photography by: Pedro Alcantara & Getty Images