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There are scores of major fashion anniversaries on the calendar in 2014. Among them are: Lanvin’s 125th year, four decades of Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, and the thirtieth birthday of Donna Karan’s namesake collection. Last but not least is BCBG Max Azria, which will be celebrating twenty-five years in business with its Fall ’14 show tomorrow morning. After Max Azria launched his contemporary label in 1989, BCBG (the acronym stands for “bon chic, bon genre,” a French phrase meaning “good style, good attitude”) quickly became known for its playful, feminine wares with a bohemian edge. Today, the brand boasts more than 570 boutiques worldwide. And in addition to having longtime celebrity fans, including Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys, and Melissa George, it’s had a number of top-tier models stalk its runways over the years—Helena Christensen, Natalia Vodianova, Erin Wasson, Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Jessica Stam, for starters.
“I can’t believe it’s been twenty-five years,” BCBG’s chief creative officer, Lubov Azria (Max’s wife), told Style.com. “Each morning, I still wake up and ask myself, How do I make it better? We are in the business of inspiring people to do what inspires them,” she added. To commemorate BCBG’s anniversary, Lubov spoke to Style.com about some of the brand’s most memorable moments from the past quarter century. Click for a slideshow of her top picks.
One of the few who has dressed both Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, never mind a passel of stars including Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Welch, and more, Brit designer Amanda Wakeley is a twenty-four-year veteran in the business. At her celeb-dense shop opening last night on London’s Albemarle Street, she described how she’s seen the fashion landscape in The Smoke change over the years.
“It is very competitive now, and there is a much greater choice of outstanding products at all levels of the market—plus the customer is far more discerning.” Wakeley also believes designers have stepped up their marketing game. “There is much more awareness of brand DNA—an integral part of building a successful business.”
Despite having a career and longevity most designers could only dream of, Wakeley insists that now is the most exciting time for her, especially with achieving a lifelong ambition of opening a Mayfair shop. This one is even Grade 2 listed, which means, in Brit speak, that it has historical significance. “It is such a privilege to be in a building with such heritage and structure…the staircase was put in by a couturier in the twenties, and I just knew this was the space for us.”
Tracey Emin, Liz Hurley, Elizabeth Saltzman, the BFC’s Caroline Rush, and more crushed into the shop that Wakeley says is representative of the “beginning of a new era for us.” Next on the docket is a return to the London fashion week schedule after a few seasons’ hiatus.
So after dressing the crème de la crème, who is left on her wish list? “Well, I do think Jennifer Lawrence has a wonderful look.” We have a sneaking suspicion the star will be wearing Dior to the Oscars, but who knows what the red carpet may bring.
It’s the hit that won’t quit. Having made a comeback in Fall ’12, peplums remains a strong draw, particularly for the latest Resort collections. “Peplums are pretty exuberant,” Honor’s Giovanna Randall said of the tailoring tool she used to punctuate her impressionist-inspired Resort collection. Used to define a waist (or create the impression of one, as Randall admits to doing during pregnancy), the right peplum can fit, flatter, and add a new dimension of femininity. “When I design, I usually think about what’s happening above and below the peplum, rather than the peplum itself,” the designer said of the blush two-piece look whose curved peplum elongates the legs (above, right). “It divides the body in a very decisive way, so it’s all about striking the right balance.”
Christopher Kane played with the boy-girl divide in his Resort presentation, lightening a puppytooth woven two-piece suit with both oversize crystal buttons and a shortened peplum hem (above, center)—an exciting new tailoring detail for the designer. Alexander Wang, loyal to clean lines, juxtaposed his all-too-familiar sport elements with a flare of fabric. The result was a subtle peplum that played against the tough leather details in his Resort range (above, lefy). Mary Katrantzou also incorporated a few sculpted peplums in her Resort oeuvre, all of which brought smooth, architectural lines to her landscape-printed wares.
The trend continues on the red carpet, too. All eyes were on Angelina Jolie at the Berlin premiere of World War Z, to which she wore a custom Ralph & Russo white peplum midi offset by gold hardware that flattered her delicate frame. On Jolie, the trend proved it’s got legs yet.