BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — A Weightless Fluidity

Despite flying in on the redeye from California, I hit the fashion ground of the Mercedes Benz Lincoln Center Tents running! Thunder, lightening, and a deluge of rain would not deter this fashionista from her mission. I began my day at the BCBG MaxAzria Spring 2012 Runway Presentation, where I spied Sophia Bush and Jordana Brewster on the front row! The collection’s softly diaphanous flyaway panel dresses gave this season’s silhouette a new twist with asymmetrical pleating, sporty jackets, and both print and color-blocking in bold hues. Decidedly chunkier elements in the form of wooden platform sandals and shimmery accents from metallic clutches punctuated the collection’s ensembles with a tougher, edgier aesthetic. Spring’s vibrant color story and delicate construction, 28 of 30 looks were dresses, channeled the alter ego of a thoroughly modern girlie-girl, who balances her fiercely independent spirit with a seductive playfulness.


According to the program notes, designing husband and wife, Max and Lubov Azria chose fluid silhouettes and weightless fabrics to embody the season’s fresh energy. A palette of confident, saturated brights with neutral accents juxtaposed tribal prints and embroideries, reflecting an urban, global spirit while elongated proportions and sporty elements leant an active glamour to the effortlessly chic collection.  


Silk crepe dresses, georgette jumpsuits, and embroidered maxi dresses gave the collection an ethereal ease, while subtle pops of color and athletic details helped create an accessibly contemporary wearability. The palette countered softer shades of blush, chalk, cream, grey, and stone with deeper hues of clover, coral, emerald, lemongrass, navy, poppy, and saffron. And just as there were slivers of color here and there on cutaways and trims, there were also unexpected slices along the shoulder, neckline, arm, and thigh. These are the dresses you can picture yourself wearing as easily lounging poolside as you might dancing the night away. While sublime fabrications and shapes underscored the season’s ubiquitous trend towards the more languid, delicate, lighter-than-air themes, the zigzag and somewhat Navajo prints balanced, if not grounded, the ensembles with an exotic optical illusion.


I caught up with former Glamour Editor-at-Large, Suze Yalof Schwartz, post-show who said of the signature staple, “That’s the dress you wear when you want to get pregnant!”

My favorite looks from the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Runway Presentation included: the chalk and poppy silk georgette dress; the cream and stone silk chiffon wrap dress; the grey and chalk silk chiffon colorblock dress; the navy and coral silk crepe dress; the coral silk georgette one-shoulder dress with multi silk chiffon colorblock sport jacket; the navy silk georgette jumpsuit; and the multi-silk chiffon pleated dress.


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