Spring 2018 Designer Highlights

Catherine Nako wears a Tracy Reese dress at Red's Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor, Detroit. Photo: Ray Rushing
Catherine Nako wears a Tracy Reese dress at Red’s Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor, Detroit. Photo: Ray Rushing. Image: Instagram.

Have you seen the new designer patterns for Spring 2018?

Badgley Mischka are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary this March, so it’s a treat to see their work on the cover of Vogue’s Spring lookbook. (Click their portrait for my 2013 Just Married post.)

Badgley Mischka Key Lime cape dress V1579 - Vogue Patterns Spring 2018 lookbook
Badgley Mischka dress V1579 on the cover of the Vogue Patterns Spring 2018 lookbook. Model: Ana Kondratjeva. Image: Issuu.

1990s Badgley Mischka photo

The Spring collection also marks the return of Tracy Reese. (The Detroit native was last seen in Vogue Patterns in 2016.) The new Reese design is a dress with contrast yoke and sleeves—great for those matching sheer/opaque print combos:

Vogue 1578 by Tracy Reese
Vogue 1578 by Tracy Reese (2018) Image: McCall’s.

Sew Today’s latest issue tipped us off to Reese’s comeback:

Ana Kondratjeva wears Tracy Reese on the cover of Sew Today, February 2018
Tracy Reese dress on the cover of Sew Today, February 2018. Model: Ana Kondratjeva. Image: sewdirect.

The dark floral was a signature print in her Fall 2016 collection, where it could be seen on dresses, sheer blouses, and a long, cuffed skirt:

Tracy Reese Fall 2016 collection
Tracy Reese Fall 2016 collection. Image: Vogue.com
Tracy Reese Fall 2016 collection
Tracy Reese Fall 2016 collection. Image: Vogue.com.

Reese was inspired by Detroit for this collection, and she opened her presentation with a short film starring local model Catherine Nako:

The film stills are by Detroit-based cinematographer Ray Rushing.

Catherine Nako in Tracy Reese Fall 2016. Photo: Ray Rushing
Catherine Nako in Tracy Reese Fall 2016. Photo: Ray Rushing. Image: Instagram.

Bonus: I published my Winter/Holiday post before the McCall’s Winter release, which included two Nicole Miller patterns. This asymmetrical top and flared trousers look to be from the Spring 2017 collection:

2017 Nicole Miller top and pants pattern McCall's 7692
McCall’s 7692 by Nicole Miller (2017) Image: McCall’s.
Nicole Miller Spring 2017 collection
Nicole Miller Spring 2017 collection. Image: Vogue UK.

Miller’s Gladiator gown uses contrast binding to punctuate the classic goddess dress. (Still available in white from the designer’s retail site.)

2017 Nicole Miller Gladiator goddess dress pattern McCall's 7685
McCall’s 7685 by Nicole Miller (2017) Image: McCall’s.

The original was silk chiffon.

Nicole Miller's Gladiator gown in orange silk chiffon with pink trim
Nicole Miller’s Gladiator gown. Image: Rent the Runway.

See you in the arena!

Just Married: Badgley Mischka

Mark Badgley and James Mischka portrait, early 1990s

After 28 years together, Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka were married in New York last weekend. To celebrate, here’s a look back at two decades of Badgley Mischka sewing patterns.

With much happiness, we announce that after 28 years together, Mark & James were married today in NYC.

Badgley and Mischka met at the Parsons School of Design. They founded Badgley Mischka in 1988, making 2013 the label’s 25th anniversary. Badgley Mischka’s relationship with Vogue Patterns began in the 1990s, when they were introduced to the Vogue Attitudes line.

Vogue 1050 by Badgley Mischka, Vogue Patterns retail catalogue, January-February 1993
Vogue 1050 by Badgley Mischka, Vogue Patterns retail catalogue, January-February 1993. Image: eBay.

These two early Badgley Mischka patterns show the pair’s knack for polished dress-and-jacket ensembles:

early 1990s dress and jacket pattern by Badgley Mischka - Vogue 1049
Vogue 1049 by Badgley Mischka (1993) Image: Etsy.
mid-1990s Badgley Mischka jacket and dress pattern - Vogue 1639
Vogue 1639 by Badgley Mischka (1995) Image: Etsy.

Of course, Badgley Mischka is best known for bridal and evening wear. A bridal line was introduced in the mid-1990s and, often, Badgley Mischka evening wear patterns will be shown made up in bridal ivories and whites. Vogue 1903 has a bias skirt and options for a contrast, Empire bodice with rhinestone straps or beaded contrast back. My mother has made view A for opera-going:

1990s Badgley Mischka evening dress pattern, Empire or open back, with stole - Vogue 1903
Vogue 1903 by Badgley Mischka (1996) Image: PatternVault shop.

Vogue 2237, a strapless evening dress and bolero pattern, has been was in print for over a decade:

Late 1990s Badgley Mischka strapless evening dress and bolero shrug pattern - Vogue 2237
Vogue 2237 by Badgley Mischka (ca. 1998) Image: PatternVault shop.

This sleek evening dress has a contrast bodice yoke and elbow-length sleeves:

Badgley Mischka evening dress with elbow-length sleeves, train and contrast bodice yoke - Vogue 2716
Vogue 2716 by Badgley Mischka (2002) Image: Etsy.

In recent years the label’s new lines, Mark + James and Badgley Mischka Platinum, have also been licensed to Vogue Patterns. From Badgley Mischka Platinum, this bias evening dress with gathered bodice, front drape, and matching stole is shown in a liquid lamé:

Gold lamé Badgley Mischka bias evening dress and stole - Vogue 1079
Vogue 1079 by Badgley Mischka (2008) Image: Etsy.

This Mark + James ruffled, strapless jumpsuit is in Vogue’s current offerings:

Badgley Mischka Mark + James white, ruffled, strapless jumpsuit pattern - Vogue 1249 (2011)
Vogue 1249 by Mark + James (2011) Image: Etsy.

Also current, this Badgley Mischka Platinum cocktail dress has details including cowl sleeves, open shoulders, and jewelled appliqué, that nod to Badgley Mischka’s favourite inspiration, the glamour of Old Hollywood:

Badgley Mischka Platinum short formal dress pattern - Vogue 1256
Vogue 1256 by Badgley Mischka Platinum (2011) Image: Etsy.