¿Big girl, you are beautiful!¿ sang the Brit pop flavor of the moment Mika on the boppy tune that opened the showas if to hammer home the point that the three-season-old MaxAzria line is more grown-up than its sibling, BCBG Max Azria.
What followed was heavy on pleatinghere as elsewhere this week, sometimes seeming to do little but create bulk. Still, the pleats were well applied in a few cases, as in a pretty, belted black-and-green chiffon dress worn by Julia Dunstall. Roomy knit coats and cashmere sweater dresses were cozy and autumnal, while a muskrat tank-shaped vest looked quite sophisticated.
Max and Lubov Azria have a faithful following, and their show attracted a brace of social girls to the front row: Camilla Belle, Tinsley Mortimer, Leigh Lezark, Byrdie Bell, and Olivia Palermo among them. These are young women with lots of photo opportunities. What will they be wearing to next fall¿s movie premieres? Maybe a black sequined lace coat over a navy halter dress with beading detail. And for dinner with an up-and-coming Mexican director? A metallic jacquard shift with cream satin pleated sleeves would fill that role quite nicely.