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Backstage with the Badgley Mischka design duo

Cristina Gibson studied journalism at Loyola Marymount University. While completing her senior year, she landed an internship at E! as an online writer and reporter. Cristina went on to write her own daily column called Hollywood Party G...

Dressing the stars

Mark Badgley and James Mischka's gorgeous gowns have graced some of Hollywood's leading ladies including Taylor Swift, Helen Mirren and J. Lo. But they say they've got their sights set on Jennifer Lawrence!
Mark Badgley and James Mischka

We caught up with designing duo Badgley Mischka backstage before their New York Fashion Week fall runway presentation, where they said they still get nervous on show day.

"We do. We wake up and my stomach is always in knots," James told SheKnows Wednesday morning as models got dressed beside us. "When the girls are all lined up in their first looks and they're all here and their hair and makeup's done, then I can relax and enjoy. It's like putting on a wedding, we always say, twice a year. You work on it for six months and it's over in 10 minutes."

And there's no time to kick back and relax, since Oscars are next weekend. Badgley Mischka dresses some of the biggest names in Hollywood and many celebs request gowns straight from the runway last minute.

Badgley Mischka
Jennifer Lopez wearing Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka

"I think that the red one over there is going to get called in this afternoon," Mark explained, pointing to a beautiful burgundy beaded peplum gown. "I could see Kate Hudson in a lot of these dresses. We were fortunate enough to dress Jennifer Lopez for four years. She always calls in our gowns."

James said they'd love to see another Jennifer wear one of their gowns on the carpet. "Jennifer Lawrence, of course, would be good in anything. She's amazing," he shared. "That body type... she's like the modern day Charlize Theron. She just looks good in clothing," Mark added.

And while they love seeing Hollywood A-listers in their dresses, Badgley Mischka say their proudest moment is seeing everyday women wearing their designs. "Truly the most fun and gratifying [part] is when you see a woman you don't know who paid retail in one of our dresses and you can tell she's happy and you can tell she feels gorgeous, and that's kind of what it's all about," they tell SheKnows.

But their runway show certainly had no shortage of glamorous stars: Selita Ebanks, Petra Nemcova, Carmen Electra and Kelly Bensimon were all front row to see the the beautiful fall collection, which goes on pre-sale online this Friday.

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New York Fashion Week day 4: Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe and Chelsea Handler bring their boys

Photo credits: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN (Jennifer Lopez), Badgley Mischka (all others)
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