Badgley Mischka auctioning fashion sketches in support of coronavirus relief efforts

Badgley Mischka is auctioning off a series of fashion sketches to help raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts.While isolating at home in Palm Beach, Florida during the lockdown, design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka began posting some of Badgle…

Badgley Mischka is auctioning off a series of fashion sketches to help raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts.

While isolating at home in Palm Beach, Florida during the lockdown, design duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka began posting some of Badgley’s original sketches of women in elegant dresses to Instagram and were quickly amazed by the response they received.

“We decided to use this time creatively by working through some of our feelings with art,” they said. “After posting some of Mark’s sketches on Instagram, we had an overwhelming response and requests to purchase them so we wanted to use that opportunity to benefit people in need.”

Accordingly, Badgley and Mischka have now decided to create as many images as they can and auction them off on eBay and use any money raised to help assist those at U.S. charity Feeding America.

One hundred per cent of the purchase price of each sketch will go directly to the organisation, which provides support to a network of food banks across the nation.

In addition, every sketch sold will be personalised for each winner and be framed and shipped at no cost.

“In the face of enormous challenges, Feeding America food banks are responding with extraordinary efforts to make sure no one goes hungry during the pandemic,” stated Badgley, while Mischka added: “We were supporters of Feeding America before the pandemic, and their mission is even more critical now. Badgley Mischka is honoured to be assisting in their efforts through the artistry of fashion design.”

Bidding on the sketches will be open online until 11:59 on 17 May.

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Jane Fonda leads stars re-wearing dresses to 2020 Oscars

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Pa…

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.

The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

However, fans were quick to point out that Jane had first sported the dress at the 67th International Cannes Film Festival in 2014, with the move in keeping with her promise not to purchase any new clothes as part of her protests against climate change.

In addition, the Grace and Frankie star swapped her signature blonde hairstyle for a shorter, silver crop and topped off her ensemble with Pomellato jewellery, explaining in a post on Instagram that she opted for items from the brand because the designers “only use responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds”.

But Jane wasn’t the only celebrity to recycle a look for the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks opted to give a pre-loved gown another outing and attended the Vanity Fair after-party wearing a scarlet Badgley Mischka dress.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the bash, Elizabeth revealed she had first worn the ensemble at the magazine’s party back in 2004.

“I’m upcycling this dress – I wore this dress for the first time to Vanity Fair in 2004,” she explained. “And, we very rarely get a dress gifted to us. Badgley Mischka made this dress for me. Back then, I was in Seabiscuit, which was a big Oscar nominee, and they gave it to me, and I recently moved and found it in the back of the closet. And it still fits! So, I’m wearing it on the carpet tonight. Very excited to be wearing a dress, recycling a dress from 16 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton dress made from “completely sustainable” fabrics, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Margot Robbie looked stunning in a vintage midnight blue gown from Chanel.

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Brandon Maxwell no longer pushing himself to work to an ‘unnatural extreme’

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s …

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.

The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015. But while Maxwell is now one of the most sought-after designers, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he was near-exhausted at some points in his career.

“Over the last year, it became clear that that wasn’t really working for me anymore at 35 in the same way it did for me at 28. I was waking up every day with a dark cloud hanging over,” he wrote. “In the last couple months, I just decided to stop saying yes to every single thing, pushing myself to some unnatural extreme, working myself to a place that actually closed me off instead of allowing me to live, and just go along the journey. I’ve kind of found that the natural beauty that arises from that approach is so much more satisfying than when it’s calculated.”

Accordingly, Maxwell now feels able to pour all of his energy into his upcoming New York Fashion Week show. Even though the theme of the spectacle remains under wraps, the Project Runway judge noted that it is “about the journey”.

“I think everyone does this job because they’re chasing a feeling, a feeling they first felt when they were young. I’ve really felt it again this week, the way I did when I was in the middle of nowhere in my room alone, and that feels like a win. I feel stronger than I did a year ago, and I’m ready,” the 35-year-old added.

Maxwell will unveil his latest line on 8 February. Badgley Mischka, Longchamp, and Self-Portrait are showing on the same day.

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Mandy Moore ‘twins’ with Susan Kelechi Watson at 2019 Emmy Awards

Mandy Moore has joked about “twinning” with her This Is Us co-star Susan Kelechi Watson at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday.The This Is Us actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, walked the purple carpet at …

Mandy Moore has joked about “twinning” with her This Is Us co-star Susan Kelechi Watson at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The This Is Us actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, walked the purple carpet at the event in a gorgeous Brandon Maxwell gown with a pink off-the-shoulder top and long red skirt.

However, Mandy’s co-star Susan showed up in a very similar number from Badgley Mischka, and accordingly, the pair took the opportunity to take some pictures together.

“Always happy to be here and twinning with my girl, @susankelechiwatson. Thanks for having us @televisionacad! #Emmys,” the 35-year-old captioned a slideshow of happy snaps on her Instagram page.

Meanwhile, Susan, 37, uploaded the same photos and wrote: “No one else I’d rather twin with! Emmy nominee @mandymooremm. So excited to be here and have some famcandy on my arm (sic)! Feeling so extra special in this delicious @badgleymischka. Thank you both for this red and pink dream!”

The post caught the attention of Mandy and Susan’s celebrity pals, with actress Rachel Bilson commenting, “Stunning”, and model Karen Elson praising, “Gorgeous!!!”

Red and pink were a major trend for the 2019 Emmy Awards, with Taraji P. Henson rocking a blush number from Vera Wang with a red cape, Marisa Tomei opting for a pink and red dress by Ralph & Russo, and Catherine Zeta-Jones donning a hot pink Georges Hobeika number. Elsewhere, Joey King selected a ruby red Zac Posen dress, Sophie Turner sported a pale pink Louis Vuitton gown, Halsey dazzled in a strapless pink ombre Rami Kadi ballgown, and Zoe Kazan turned heads in a black Gucci ensemble with red and pink ribbon detailing draped on the bodice.

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Badgley Mischka to unveil resort collection on cruise ship

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.Now…

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.

Now, Badgley and Mischka have announced that they will unveil their 2021 resort range on Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in May 2020 as part of the fifth annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing.

“Our style is reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood of the ’40s and we feel Cunard emulates that same style, offering patrons a chance to do their best couture and dress for a special occasion,” said Mischka, while Badgley added: “Our brands both represent effortless glamour and we are excited about this partnership and giving Cunard guests an intimate glimpse into the world of Badgley Mischka.”

Badgely and Mischka will also hold a Q&A session with guests during the seven-night cruise, with additional fashion experts that will join the voyage set to be announced shortly.

The liner will depart Southampton, England on 24 May and arrive in New York on 31 May 2020, and Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America, commented that he was very excited to be bringing the fashion stars on board.

“We are thrilled that the legendary fashion team of Badgley Mischka will join Cunard for Transatlantic Fashion Week,” the executive shared. “Mark and James are true visionaries in the world of fashion and will bring a once-in-a-lifetime, bespoke sense of occasion and experience to guests onboard Queen Mary 2.”

Among the celebrities to appear on the upcoming 2019 voyage are milliner Stephen Jones, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and iconic model Pat Cleveland.

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