Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been dressing Washingtonian women for years. With an inauguration on the horizon, the dynamic duo is back to deck out the women of DC for their most stylish night of the year.
Here, we talk to the namesake designers of Badgley Mischka about DC style, Melania Trump, and where they love to spend time in town.
You have a long history of designing gowns for Washingtonian women. What excites you most about seeing Melania Trump's style in the White House? It’s always exciting to see how the First Lady uses her sense of fashion to represent our country. We are sure that won’t change.
What sort of dresses have you found yourself designing this year with the Inauguration in mind? We don’t really design collections with any specific event in mind, but we know Washingtonian women have very sophisticated glamorous taste. Our classic mermaid beaded gowns always work for events like [an] Inaugural Ball.
Have you found that Washingtonian women favor a certain look when it comes to Inaugural dresses? No not as a rule, that’s what we love about the style in Washington—the city has such an international crowd. Everyone is so glamorous and chic but in their own individual way.
Who were the most fun Washingtonian women to dress over the years? Well, since we have the inauguration on the horizon, we would have to say the Bush twins for their second inauguration. Also, [Republican hostess] Buffy Cafritz and [Washington style icon] Deeda Blair are two of the most elegant style icons we have had the honor of dressing.
How are you celebrating 30 years of being carried by Saks? We can’t believe Badgley Mischka is going to be turning 30 so soon! It will be a big celebration for us and so much fun to look back and remember how we had Saks Fifth Avenue’s support from the very beginning, when the collection was just ten little black cocktail dresses.
Finally, when you're in DC, where do you like to grab a bite to eat or drink? The Hay-Adams, The Willard, and the Dubliner are all very special.