Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria

"Modern femininity" with a "confident sense of abandon" is the inspiration behind BCBG's fall 2008 collection. How this translates onto the runway is a collection of soft feminine pieces that use soft, neutral tones mixed with layering, pleating and bustier details.

Max Azria opened the runway with a slew of dresses that give play to the woman's shoulders and flows naturally with her lithe silhouette. Layer by layer, pieces of silk crepe framed around the neck and shoulders, drawing attention to the upper body while the rest flows simply with a little cinched leather belt at the waist.

His cocktail pieces are more interesting, with a fuller, more volumnous construction at the skirt and a tighter, almost corsetted bustier at the top. The use of satin, silk crepe, and wool twill are ever present in shaded, neutral tones.

These pieces remind me of Balenciaga's Spring 2008 collection without Nicolas Ghesquière strong construction. It seems to say the outer-pieces are strong, but yet inside there's a soft, feminine woman living within. -- Edith Moy

Photos from top: BCBGMaxAzria Fall 2008 collection.

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