Get your home red-car­pet-ready with Bad­g­ley Mis­chka

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - NI­COLE EVATT

LOS ANGELES — De­sign duo Mark Bad­g­ley and James Mis­chka, known for show-stop­ping red-car­pet gowns, are bring­ing the glam­our of their fash­ion shows to a liv­ing room near you.

The de­sign­ers de­scribe their first-ever Bad­g­ley Mis­chka Home Col­lec­tion, launched this week, as “cou­ture fur­ni­ture” in­fused with old Hol­ly­wood glam­our.

“We love when a piece of fur­ni­ture has a lit­tle bit of at­mos­phere to it, where it sort of harks back to the golden era of Hol­ly­wood. At the same time, it’s our quest to keep ev­ery piece mod­ern. So it’s been a real lux­ury and a real treat to work on some­thing be­sides a red-car­pet ball gown,” said Bad­g­ley dur­ing an ex­clu­sive sneak peek of the col­lec­tion in Los Angeles.

Bad­g­ley and Mis­chka also pulled in­spi­ra­tion straight from their run­way col­lec­tion, which they pre­sented Tues­day dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week. Some of the fur­ni­ture was used in the show.

“We used a lot of fab­rics that were rem­i­nis­cent of fab­rics that we are us­ing on the cou­ture col­lec­tion,” said Mis­chka.

“Our (fash­ion) col­lec­tion is done with a lot of hand-bead­ing and a lot of very in­tri­cate work on the cou­ture gowns. And this col­lec­tion also has hand­work on it. All the fin­ishes are dis­tressed by hand. It’s ex­tremely labour in­ten­sive, which is very much like our cou­ture gowns.”

Their ap­proach to de­sign­ing for the din­ing room and the red car­pet is the same: the devil is in the de­tails.

“We were very in­volved, from sketch­ing. We scoured Europe for fabri­ca­tions. We flew in tiny lit­tle planes to the mid­dle of nowhere where we could find the crafts­man­ship to ex­e­cute cer­tain pro­cesses. It was a real labour of love,” Bad­g­ley said.

The col­lec­tion ranges in price from $100 to $10,000, and in­cludes ac­cent pieces, beds, chairs, so­fas, ta­bles, cab­i­nets, can­dles and art­work. It will be avail­able on the de­sign­ers’ web­site and at Neiman Mar­cus.

Colour­ful sketches of Bad­g­ley Mis­chka gowns were blown up and framed. Lush fab­rics line a gold, ze­bra-print bench and a vel­vet oc­tag­o­nal cof­fee ta­ble.

Like a dress with a wow mo­ment on the back, there’s a sleek, grey couch with strik­ing geo­met­ric wood pattern only seen from be­hind.

Their favourite piece? A mas­cu­line, dark wood desk with gold de­tail­ing and curved ar­chi­tec­tural flair.

“It’s very sen­su­ous,” Bad­g­ley said. “It’s very sim­ple. Noth­ing pre­ten­tious about it, but the fin­ish­ings make it, and el­e­vate it to such a cou­ture piece . ... Th­ese pieces are time­less. James and I have never liked trendy pieces. We don’t like trendy clothes.

“We cer­tainly don’t like trendy fur­ni­ture. When James and I buy a piece, we want to know that it’s go­ing to be in the home for the next 20, 30, 40 years. And that, to us, is what this fur­ni­ture stands for.”

All the fin­ishes are dis­tressed by hand. It’s ex­tremely labour in­ten­sive, which is very much like our cou­ture gowns. JAMES MIS­CHKA

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE EVATT, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

De­sign duo Mark Bad­g­ley and James Mis­chka, known for their show-stop­ping red car­pet gowns, are bring­ing all the glam­our of their fash­ion show to a liv­ing room near you.

It’s de­scribed as ‘cou­ture fur­ni­ture’ in­fused with old Hol­ly­wood glam­our.

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