Summary: Remember that dream you’ve had where you’re down an eternally unfolding M.C. Escher-like staircase? Where space and light are defined more so by their absence than their presence? Where shapes and colors are both symmetrical and abstract? Anyway, if you’ve had that dream then BCBG Max Azria’s Fall’ 12 collection was what you were wearing in it. And just like it, this season’s collection, which designer Max Azria defined as “an artful proposition”, was at once harmonious and chaotic.
Silks and georgettes were cut into whispering dresses and covered with jigsaw panels of blush, teal, merlot, coral, lemongrass, paprika and olive. Everywhere you looked a playful cacophony of color ran up and down a shift dress or jumpsuit. Sheer slices of fabric served as contrast to the vertical geometry of the silhouettes—everything was long and lean. And the delicacy of the barely-there fabrics was accentuated that much more when paired with structured coats boasting fur sleeves or belted patchwork trenches.
As a sophisticated study of exaggerated proportion and color-blocking, this show was one of the edgiest and most fashion forward that we’ve seen from the line in quite some time. Gone are the days of the candy-colored mini-dresses! And good riddance. This truly, was a “dream” of a collection.
Color Palette: cream/taupe. cream, merlot, cognac, burgundy, natural, cream/neutral, light stone, blush/merlot, black, light stone/black, ivory, mocha/coral, camel, rust, pumice, coral, camel/merlot, coral/navy, camel/black, spice/navy/coral, paprika/merlot, pewter, cream/ash, macchiato, ambrosia, ochre, olive, green, teal, emerald, evergreen, lemograss, blue, cream/blue, patchwork, print-blocked, graphic printed, color-blocked
Fabrics and Textures: canvas, leather, silk, suede, wool, crepe, stamped snake, georgette, tulle, stamped croco, sheer, pleated, foldover, frame, cropped, stamped
Key Looks: cream/taupe canvas and leather colorblocked trench, blush/merlot silk pleated dress, light stone/black jumpsuit, camel/merlot wool coat, coral georgette pleated skirt with sheer tulle inset, navy leather satchel, ambrosia/macchiato silk print-blocked dress, cognac stamped croco frame clutch, lemongrass/spice georgette blouse, black wool/leather jacket with natural patchwork sleeves, cream crepe gown
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