An effortless, bohemian sensibility is always at the heart of Max and Lubov Azria’s designs (they’re from California, after all), and a few standout spring looks at BCBG Max Azria captured this with an appealing simplicity. For inspiration, Lubov Azria looked to the Color Reform dyeing process, which is used to neutralize and recolor old carpets. “I thought, how beautiful to have tradition marry innovation,” she said backstage, post-show.
Indeed, many of the hues and patterns conjured up the faded charm of vintage rugs, from the pink scarf dresses that opened the show to a tank top and loose-fitting cropped pants in a pale pattern. Not every exit evoked such a carefree attitude: Some of the draped, layered and tied numbers looked cumbersome, but the designers didn’t harp on those for too long. The duo ended the show on a lovely note with a parade of languid silk dresses in muted tones — think California dreaming.