BCBG Max Azria: Max Azria’s spring collection for BCBG was a stellar combination of girlish charm witheasy glamour. The designer played with fabrics — mixing soft chiffons, cotton canvas, seersucker, jersey and twill — to provide the perfect balance for his beach-loving girl, and his dresses reflected a youthful elegance. As for color, there were vibrant shades such as chartreuse, indigo and a peony pink, but for those who aren’t so bold, rose, cream and soft blue tones turned up. Although the line had a hint of Marni, that, too, should appeal to contemporary girls. For day, the top looks included playful Hawaiian print pants paired with a ruffled bikini top, cute shrunken jackets, retro clam-diggers, plenty of sexy swimwear and eye-catching color-blocked dresses. For evening, Azria showed plenty of ruffles, from full skirts to swirl-detailed dresses, which looked great, but some of the handkerchief gowns and the sequin numbers seemed a bit out of place.

Linda Allard Ellen Tracy: After 40 years spent defining the look of Ellen Tracy, Linda Allard retired in August, and this spring’s collection was her last design effort. It was shown, once again, in the intimate setting of the Bryant Park Hotel restaurant, ILO. There were crisp, white shirts; leather skirts in milk-chocolate brown with pockets in the front, andeveningwear in oversized palm tree or poppy prints — the designer’s interpretation of dressed-up safari looks. She also sent out a capsule collection of the sporty line, Company by Ellen Tracy, which featured white denim corset dresses, simple pants and clean-cut jackets. Die-hard Allard fans also should know she already has chosen the fall colors, and new blood will continue her aesthetic next season. Two longtime members of the firm’s design teams were promoted to oversee the collections — Joni Storgion-Knight for Linda Allard Ellen Tracy and Donna McKenzie at Company Ellen Tracy.

Dana Buchman: Sometimes fashion follows art, and this time around, Dana Buchman looked to artists Alexander Calder and Willem DeKooning for inspiration. Their influences surfaced in the black-and-white swirl patterns of the eveningwear, and in the colors of the pantsuits and dresses in bold floral prints. Buchman, in fact, went in for strong colors — such as fuchsia, searing yellow and bright orange — throughout, while maintaining a sense of sophistication perfect for her customer. And, if that wasn’t enough, she debuted her new casual line, db, which is designed to appeal to a wider age range. This collection featured good-looking, lean jeans, denim minis, slim skirts, simple cargo pants and easy, zippered jackets. Buchman has always been interested in creating looks for a range of lifestyles, and now her woman can go from the weekday workplace to a weekend outdoors.

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