Designers in New York unveil possible Oscar red carpet scene stealers

Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:26am EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With grandiose gowns, skin-skimming dresses and a nod to old Hollywood glamor, designers in New York served up couture treats to entice fashion's elite ahead of the world's most-watched runway at Sunday's Academy Awards red carpet.

With stylists eying the upcoming Fall/Winter collections at New York Fashion Week in search of the perfect Oscars dress for their A-list clients, the stakes were high for designers as they opted for sophisticated elegance on the runway.

"It moves the needle in terms of publicity and recognition," said James Mischka, of the design duo Badgley Mischka, about being featured on the red carpet. "It can make a career."

Mischka and his partner, Mark Badgley, harkened back to old Hollywood style with dramatic, ornate gowns in rich brocades of red, black and blue, and long, shimmering dresses inspired by the 1941 bull fighting film "Blood and Sand" starring Tyrone Power.

The look was luxurious, sensuous and dynamic, with jewels interwoven into the fabric and shapes inspired by futuristic architecture.

"I think you will see bigger shapes on the red carpet this time," Mischka told Reuters before his runway show. "Women want to look like princesses these days; princesses and queens."


A model presents a creation from the Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week February 13, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly