BCBG Max Azria
September 06, 2012 New York
And it was—though, Mrs. Azria said, "I don't think you need to show a lot of skin to be sexy." She didn't. Lengths were relatively long, even where they were sliced into high slits; the interplay of sheers and embroidery let snips of bare flesh show through. The dresses themselves, fluttering and ethereal, some sporting cape backs and leather details, should be recognizable to BCBG's cadre of fans. The workwear element introduced by chambray blouses and oversize jackets in silk cotton canvas, less so, even if fashion watchers may sniff references to other collections. That's OK: Those ideas belong to the ether now. The Azrias' own contribution to this season were all those harnesses. "When you have something powerful, it needs to come out," Lubov opined, "but you need to keep it in." Unbuckle all those straps and the mood changes, of course. "The moment you take off the harness, it's a completely different collection," she said, and one more comfortably in the Azria wheelhouse. Ironically, there wasn't much gray.