NYFW: BCBG Max Azria

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After seeing the BCBG ready-to-wear, I was, so to say, ready-to slap on sunscreen and bring summer back. As it is, I bare no authority over meteorological conditions, hence; have to succumb to the seasonal change and down knits and leather (not that that’s in any way bad.)

Lubov Azria, a fellow Ukrainian and Chief Creative Officer at BCBG Max Azria, mentioned that the season was infused with Southern California, LA vibes (indirect quote.) And while I dutifully remain amongst the group of people who believe “New York is better than everything ever,” I can’t help but yearn for the tie-dye, easy, beach life, especially now that I’m back from vacation.

The collection itself was very reminiscent of my summer. I ventured on two road trips, and both times tried to incorporate comfort and my excitement in regard to the sheer hippie-ness of going on a road trip during summer, packed into a car completely unfit for that much people and luggage, arguing, sleeping, driving, and DJ-ing (the very important job placed upon he who rides shotgun.)

Thin layers of clothing in bright to bleached hues, gnarled knits over long-sleeved tie-dyes, comfortable and breezy dresses. A parallel can be drawn between this collection and Saint Laurent’s SS16 “Surf Sound,” which was heavy on California and Cobain, but in a more grungy way and featuring more leather.

Amongst the statement pieces were bucket hats (yes, I know,) and camel coloured suede bags and shoes, a prominent style staple throughout this entire year (think gladiator sandals, A-line skirts, and ankle boots.)

Personally, I adored the seemingly ode-to-Courtney Love’s Hawaii wedding long see-through white dress over long-sleeved blue tie-dye top paired with a pastel pink leather vest look.

BCBG over, run on to the next show, and keep the sunbeam traces of summer in your heart.

– Alice Pylypenko

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