Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: BCBG Max Azria’s Dreams of Istanbul

February 7, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13

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Summary: When one thinks of Istanbul, the person will invoke bright red hues, dazzling prints and iconic mosques. But when Max and Lubov Azria dream up the idea for the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2013 ready to wear show, it has to be much bigger, of course. Inspired by the architecture of the famed country, the collection was pulled together with the concepts of the eclectic style of Gypsies of southern Europe and the artwork of the contemporary artist Phil Frost. The result was a loose bohemian take on the current yet always classic cool girl style.

Slouchy knit caps and knee-high lizard-embossed leather boots with d’Orsay cutouts added an everyday feel to the luxurious silk dresses. Embroidered nylon parkas with fur hoods were the star pieces of the collection. Rich hues of oxblood and ink were major players in ensuring that this season’s collection stayed a little dark and moody. Envelope collar motorcycle jackets also made a stylish appearance. Laser cut leather added more of an edge to the bold but seemingly under-estimated print.  Though the bold print should have been a stand out in the collection, it seemed to have gotten lost in the fray, battling against all the different fabrics and textures, as well as the layering involved. That should have been a print saved for next season, but I have no doubt fangirls will be sporting the look this fall.

Fabrics & Textures: silk, embroidery, quilted, nylon, lizard-embossed, leather, cashmere, satin back crepe, silk chiffon, silk burnout, mesh, jacquard, wool, fur, tulle, ponte, silk crepe, leather sequins

Colors: indigo, navy, black, mocha, charcoal, whisper, talc, light gray, forest green, gray, multicolor, heather gray, white, dark gray, port, toffee, macchiato, olive, red, shadow, silver, ivory, mushroom

Key Looks: Indigo print patch silk dress, navy embroidery quilted nylon parka, black stamped lizard thigh boots, charcoal cashmere beanie; Port leather trapeze top, port leather A-line skirt, black stamped lizard thigh boot, charcoal cashmere beanie, black leather satchel; Black tulle gown, black tulle tank with leather sequins, black leather pants, black jacquard trapunto-stitch bra, black leather pointed show, black cashmere beanie

– Taneisha Jordan

Photos: WWD

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