Dresses appropriate for at-home entertaining and small gatherings made up the bulk of the collection. It is easy to imagine these pieces being dressed down with the addition of casual accessories. Elizabeth Taylor’s caftan and baby doll dress phases served to inspire a segment; the star’s habit of accenting her looks with fresh flowers, straw purses, and giant diamonds offer some 2021-appropriate styling tips. “We were channeling one of our favorites this season,” says Mark Badgley.
Lace, jewel tones, and subtle embellishment have universal appeal. That sensibility aligns the designers’ current direction and the pragmatism they’ve seen among their customers—online and off. “It’s intentionally dress driven. I don’t think people are wearing overly tailored clothing; it just doesn’t feel right at the moment,” says James Mischka.
PRE-FALL 2021 Collection
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