BCBG Max Azria Is Color-Blocked And Furry For Fall

Looks from the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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You know you’re about to be swept up in the consuming maelstrom that is New York Fashion Week when you enter the tents to see the BCBG Max Azria show. Not only does the Hollywood-friendly label typically kick off Fashion Week, it’s always filled to capacity and boppin’ with enough front row lovelies to keep the cameras flashing. For Max Azria’s fall 2012 show, in addition to a bevy of bloggers including The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine) and The Glamourai (also known as Kelly Framel), Run’s House alum Angela Simmons vamped it up in a black dress and metal harness, and Maria Menounos and Food Network fave Giada De Laurentis gabbed in blue BCBG dresses. And what about the fashion, you ask? It was dark, color-blocked, and incredibly furry.

“It is a fall collection, so we needed to make it more upbeat,” Max Azria told us backstage. “We added color and color blocks to make it more fun than just black and white.” There were many calf-length flowing dresses with three-quarter sleeves and patches of acid yellow, pumpkin orange, and teal. The overall look was very laid-back lounge cool with a touch of uptown sophistication. The fall woman, Azria said, is in the midst of change. “She is a woman who is evolving,” he said. “The line of the dress is a little longer, and that brings something fresh and new. It’s very feminine.” The show was chock-full of cropped wonderment too, in the form of two-tier leather jackets, trenches, and FUR. Holy bunnies was there a lot of fur, y’all. From detailing on shoulders and hems to voluminous shrugs with patchwork fur in different shapes, textures, and colors. We’re a little sadface about it, actually, and were hoping that it was faux. (It’s real but recycled fur).

Looks from the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
Photo: Getty Images

As for mood music, Azria always keeps it light, fun, and modern. “I love a lot of different music…it sets the mood for the space,” he said. For his fall show, we were particularly taken with the choice to use the song “Let’s Go All the Way” by CITIZENS!, a new London indie pop band that recently signed to the Kitsuné label. Produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, their first single is due in March, and you can watch their new video here. Despite the darker colors and longer covered-up lengths (and distant vintage screams of dying fur babies), the feel of the collection was elegant, modern, and warm. As Azria put it, “To fight against the global environment you have to be happy and optimistic.”

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