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BCBG Max Azria: Layer Love

Renata Espinosa
February 11th, 2010 @ 5:38 PM - New York

The tragic news of Alexander McQueen’s suicide was not the opening bell to New York Fashion Week that anyone in the fashion industry could have ever imagined.

However, such was the news that ricocheted through the tents at Bryant Park on Thursday morning, Feb. 11, as the lights dimmed for the 10 a.m. show of BCBG Max Azria.

The first major show of the Fall 2010 ready-to-wear season in New York, it was an altogether different aesthetic from the Gothic, precisely tailored McQueen.

For Fall 2010, Max and Lubov Azria kept the collection as clean as an architect’s final draft of a blueprint, with clean, sparse lines and no-frills solution for modern winter weather dressing – layering.

Stark grey color-blocked asymmetrical dresses and tops were belted and layered over long sleeved black t-shirts and paired with cream with loose black trousers. The minimalist, efficient uniform would not be out of place on some distant planet in the “Star Trek” universe, where fabrics were thin yet extremely warm and every piece was easily interchangeable.

Many of the dresses had flaps that fluttered as the models walked, giving the effect of a partially unwrapped present, the paper slashed open. Other dresses featured transparent accordion pleat panels or sequins sewn into tulle that resembled iridescent tissue paper.

Though everything in the collection was layered, it always felt light and manageable – a highly practical, streamlined approach to the problem of bulky cold weather dressing.

As always, the BCBG Max Azria show attracted plenty of front row flashbulbs, from Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, who sat next to a red-headed Maggie Rizer.

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