BCBG Max Azria
September 09, 2009 New York
What does a girl want? Well, for many, particularly the sector that follows the It-party-girl lead, the checklist is still short, body-con, and sexy in the eighties vein that has made stars out of Alexander Wang and today's Balmain. The husband-and-wife team of Max and Lubov Azria worked the look like a collage, piecing and tucking bright abstract florals into solid blacks, navies, and the odd Pepto pink. Ruched silks and tulle were tightly bandaged around the body, the effect made sexier still with sheer black insets. On the looser side, dresses that riffed on the T-shirt made a coherent and welcome counterpoint. Every model carried a glossy metallic clutch, as if poised to stay out all night at a moment's notice. Sure, their proposition wasn't quite new, but the Azrias' trickle-down timing is right on. And after last season's concept-heavy offering, the show was a youthful breath of fresh air.