Runway Report: BCBG MaxAzria

While it undoubtedly felt like Spring outside of the tents, it truly flourished on the runway at BCBG MaxAzria’s Spring 2014 collection.  Coming off their Fall Runway show full of fur-trimmed coats and street wear cred, it was all about chic deconstruction and impeccable tailoring for their latest collection.

As it turned out, light and airy was the name of the game as silk georgette pieces reigned supreme, providing copious amounts of fluidity while cotton twills and snake embossed leather were intermixed to bring a distinct edge to an over-all feminine collection. As the looks proceeded down the runway – quite literally taking us from day-to-night – it was clear there was a neutral palette that consisted of cream, pale blush and black unfolding, allowing watercolor floral prints to take center stage on everything from flowing sleeveless gowns to covetable transparent paneled trousers. The juxtaposing fabrics and silhouettes lent themselves to achieving the perfect yin and yang balance between masculine and feminine; like in a khaki cotton sleeveless trench dress and in a light chambray sleeveless top paired with a chambray cotton pencil skirt.  Of course accessories had a voice all their own as they gave a distinct “urban” feel with their tie-up open-toe booties in a mix of linen and leather while shoulder bags and clutches were molded from lizard printed leather.

There were certainly trends that “cropped” up, (yes, pun intended), as cropped trousers slinked seamlessly down the runway – shown in white cotton – making culottes seem like an effortless garment to wear.  Sheer paneling was a clear favorite, as it was abundantly present, revealing hints of skin and giving a nice umph of subtle sex appeal.  However it was the reconstructed interpretation of the classic button down shirt that rang throughout every piece on the runway.  Thanks to the brilliance of Max and Lubov Azria’s reconstruction, we saw shirt bibs on gowns, covered front placket details on chambray tunics and cotton double sleeved tops all of which gave us a new perspective on this timeless garment.


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