In anticipation of BCBG Max Azria’s 25th anniversary next year, Max and Lubov Azria delved into their archives. “Our design approach has always been about deconstructing and reconstructing garments,” said Lubov backstage. The men’s tailored shirt was the starting point for this go-round, shown in both crisp white cotton and chambray. Elements of the classic garment — a cuff as a belt detail, the yoke as a peplum, flyaway tails as an edge — were worked into dresses, shirts and skirts for a look that was more louche than buttoned-up (splicing sheer tulle into the fabrics added to the effect). A rare flower-print moment delivered a feminine feel via flowing dresses and pantsuits. For evening, the tuxedo and its trappings morphed into chiffon gowns, a jacket and a jumpsuit.

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