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Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate Mara celebrate Badgley Mischka's swanky new Manhattan store
Tuesday was a big day for Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
The designing duo presented their glamorous-as-ever spring 2014 collection at Lincoln Center at 10 a.m., and at 6 p.m. opened a brand new store on East 64th Street to a list of stars and VIP clients.
"We've had stores all over the country, but never one in our own backyard, so we're super excited," Mischka said.
But that doesn't mean it was easy.
"We're both Capricorns," Mischka said. "That means we're calm on the outside, but we're not calm on the inside," Badley explained without missing a beat.
Preparing the store right before their show made this season especially stressful, Mischka told Newsday.
"We took this brownstone set up and rebuilt it, and you know everything takes five times as long as you think," he said. "So we were still up there the night before our show, hanging pictures and mirrors, and putting dresses on mannequins, shoveling dirt into planters."
But it all paid off, as their Fashion Week show went off without a hitch and their new store wowed guests with its grand entryway chandelier, shelves of jewels, artfully crafted, oversized mirrors and well-dressed mannequins, not to mention racks filled with the newest collection hot off the runway and their coveted bridal gowns.
Actress Kate Mara, who is in the midst of filming season two of the TV series, "House of Cards," arrived in a sleek black Badgley Mischka dress and blazer, and sky-high Brian Atwood heels ("I feel so tall right now," the petite star said).
"My style changes with my mood, so today I was obviously in a darker mood," Mara said. "One day I'll wake up and feel really girlie and wear a sundress and feel totally like myself, and the next day I'll just want to wear a hoodie and jeans."
Mara said her sister, Rooney, is more particular about clothes than she is.
"We're not complete opposites when it comes to style," she said, "but I think hers is more specific and mine kind of goes with the flow."
Meanwhile, blonde beauty Petra Nemcova cracked jokes on the red carpet in a strapless off-white mini-dress and what she called a "messy-chic" pony, and singer Carly Rae Jepsen talked about the perks that come with being a celeb, including borrowing designer clothes.
Other than the music, "I would say I really enjoy the fashion and the travel," she said of her career in the spotlight. (Her abstract-printed Badgley Mischka dress was one of three waiting for her in her hotel room before the party.) "I'm definitely a tomboy at home, but when I go out I like to doll up."
When she's not hitting events, Jepsen is working on her second album. "I'm taking my time; I want it to be perfect," she said.
But how do you follow up a hit like "Call Me Maybe?"
"That's the happy problem I get to work on right now," she said.