Most fashion girls know Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka as the kings of red carpet dressing, just ask the countless celebrities from Kate Winslet to Queen Latifah who have donned their signature glam frocks over the past 30 years. But while the design duo are top of mind when it comes to luxe little numbers, you probably didn’t know that they’re also making major waves in the realm of interior design.
With the launch of their first home decor and furniture collection this past February, the fashion designers are taking their signature glam aesthetic into the home.
“I think that the designer customer is even more interested in buying furniture right now than she is buying clothes. They’re making statements and really having fun with their interiors. In the olden days, there was one trend that would take over the industry, but now, there’s so many trends and so much diversity, and that’s happening in the home as well,” says Mark.
And although Badgley Mischka only recently debuted their line of home decor, the fashion designers are no stranger to interiors. “James and I have always loved buying old homes, fixing them up, furnishing, decorating, selling them, and starting over again,” says Mark. In fact, the designers first dabbled in interiors years ago when they were asked to design the presidential suite of the Breakthrough Hotel in Palm Beach. That’s where they got a real taste for interior design and creating spaces that reflect the Old Hollywood aesthetic that their clothing is so famous for.
“We’re celebrating our 30 year anniversary next year, so we’ve been making clothes for women for a long time. We do a lot of trunk shows and events with Neiman’s, Saks, and Bergdorf’s, and we know our customer. We know how she dresses, what her home looks like, what furniture she likes…So this was a natural extension of what we do,” says Mark.
And much like their fashion customer’s appreciation for quality fabrics and rich finishes, their home decor customer definitely speaks the same language. Whether they’re designing a couture gown or a lacquered credenza, they always stick to one rule — make it glam! Apparently, everything that sparkles is gold.
“Everything we do is glam, but it’s not precious. We do a lot of entertaining and have a million dogs, so it’s important that the furniture be used and not just an object that sits in the room,” says Mark. That balance of fashion and function also carries over into their clothing, which is equally as comfortable as it is easy on the eyes.
And similar to mixing vintage tees with designer handbags, the Badgley Mischka customer is also a curator of style in her own home. “We know that women, like in apparel, aren’t buying a whole room. She’s picking up pieces, just like she does for her wardrobe. So we’ll do some beautiful conversational pieces, like our credenzas which are couture and really special, and a woman can pick up one piece like that to give her home a facelift. That’s what she does with clothing too,” says Mark.
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