September 04, 2008
Powerful women are much in the spotlight these days, and Lubov Azria, backstage this morning at BCBG Max Azria, counted Hillary Clinton among her inspirations for Spring. But while she mused about politics and fashion, Azria also characterized her collection as "things that every girl wants to have"words that aren't usually applied to, say, the average convention-speech saffron pantsuit. The heart of the lineup was the T-shirt dress in multiple variations, cut in colorful fluttery silks and sporty, spongy jerseys that draped easily around the body. You could argue that sartorial comfort engenders confidence, which in turn allows a woman to realize her full potential
or you could just say that these were some very wearable dresses. In the spirit of wear-and-go, she also showed several rompers and jumpsuits. Sure, in theory, nothing says independence like a jumpsuit, but somehow that idea still smacks of a late-disco-era conception of liberation; and when was the last time you saw a girl on the street wearing one, anyway? (Though we may be eating our words before the end of the week.) Lubov and her husband, Max, apparently also counted Beijing's Olympians among their heroes this season: Sporting details like shrunken anoraks and undershirt tanks peeking out from under a silk frock kept the mood buoyantly tomboyish. Most of the looks were a success, in fact, a little repetition and a few too-weighty evening options aside. Ah, well, early to bed and early to rise only helps a girl conquer the world.