After the grunge of Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka's show couldn't be more different. It was opulence all the way, but what else would you expect from designers who've dressed the likes of Kate Winslet, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez for the Oscars? The collection did take in some of the dark pallette that's saturated the shows so far though, and was a more edgy presentation than usual from the kings of formalwear. Dirty glam seems to be the name of the game!

The Badgley Mischka girls were upscale gothic princesses. They strutted to Queen of The Stone Age in rich, opulent velvets covered with the designers' signature embroidery, dressed up with feminine touches like ribbon belts and corsages. The colour scheme was dark and rich (inspired by the artist Vermeer) and consisted mainly of black, blue and purple with the odd flashes of turquoise and yellow.

Not everything in the show was a formal gown (there were fur coats, shifts and even the odd pair of trousers) but we all know it's the dresses that people care about! Crushed velvet clung to curves on soft fishtail sheaths, black tulle was trimmed with satin ribbons, and the eyecatching embroidery on the dress on the right, coupled with the interesting neckline and full skirt made it one of the stand-out pieces.

The gorgeous regal purples made these gowns stand out. Pleats were quite prominent, and most obvious in the dress on the left with it's petal-strewn lower half and embroidered bandeau top. The dress on the right is my personal pick for the award shows. Keep your eye on starlets at the Oscars and Baftas, I think you might spot someone in this baby!

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