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Monday Muse: BCBG Max Azria Heads to Spain

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2015

No matter what the season’s prevailing trends are, no matter what decade designers are infatuated with and what sort of minimal or maximal swing the pendulum is taking, BCBG Max Azria’s roots run deep — deep into the hearts of L.A. girls. After all, BCBG is one of L.A.’s biggest fashion stalwarts, holding down the West Coast and all of the things that go along with it every time the looks hit the runway during New York Fashion Week. So when Max and Lubov Azria sent down a collection inspired by an imaginary trip to Spain, and more specifically, Barcelona, there was more than just a little bit of Los Angeles style mixed in among the looks.

Peasant-style looks took inspiration from the traditional garb of Latvia and Spain, but the L.A. twist came in with layering. And yes, the sunny weather might be an L.A. staple, but so are gauzy scarves, filmy layers and an undercurrent of bohemian chic. The Azrias took their cue from the traditional arts that are still being practiced in Spain and the Slavic countries, including embroidery, mosaic work and more, which appeared on dresses and took the shape of prints and textures on what seemed like simple, straightforward pieces.

Beading and handwork made an appearance on tunics and ponchos, which are sure to appeal to the Coachella crowd when the festival season starts to pick up. The patchwork pieces will appeal to the same crowd, but even city folk will look twice thanks to their clean shapes and monochromatic mix of denim, suede and more.

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2015

Color-blocking has always been a BCBG house code, but the brand took it to a new place by mixing in mosaic tile motifs and applying them to big, boxy coats and shearling coats that’ll keep away the chill on breezy California nights. Corsetry and flamenco influences were clear on the evening pieces, which boasted the frills and ruffles associated with Spanish tradition, only the fabrics were light as air and the colors dark and inky. Braiding and lacing was seen throughout, literally tying together the bohemian, Spanish and sexy looks that the band showed. And while the clothes weren’t a direct trip to the Spanish capital, it was a mashup of cool L.A. style and continental influence. In short, it’s what BCBG is all about.


 

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Monday Muse: Easy Rider Inspires Pam & Gela Spring 2016

Pam & Gela Spring 2016

There are fashion labels that reinvent the wheel every season, showing head-scratching designs, conceptual pieces and Lady Gaga-approved wares. And then there’s Pam & Gela. Instead of trying to impress editors, tastemakers and the industry, the designers look to their own closets (and Nash-Taylor€™s daughter) and design pieces that they want to wear. Sound revolutionary? In the scope of fashion, it really is, but that strategy has worked for P&G, because the ladies are growing their brand after every passing season. What started as a small collection has grown to include everything, accessories included. And while there aren’t any head-to-toe terry jumpsuits, the duo that made the tracksuit a glam (and ubiquitous) go-to piece haven’t totally abandoned their roots. With a collection inspired by la vie boheme €” what else €” and Easy Rider, it looks like festivalgoers will have plenty to choose from when the season rolls around again next year.

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Pam & Gela Spring 2016

You’ll have to squint hard to spot the terrycloth, but it’s there.

It’s just been given the trompe l’oeil treatment, so what look like patchwork flares €” utterly covetable, at that €” are actually made of super-soft terry. Comfort? You don’t even have to ask. Just like those tracksuits that built an empire, you’ll spot those flares on PYTs when they’re stepping out at LAX. But aside from the terry, there were other luxe boho touches too. Pam & Gela has never been afraid of fringe and it’s become a house signature. This season, it’s not on moto jackets, it’s been incorporated on lightweight knits and tissue-weight t-shirts. All the better to show off your moves in front of the main stage. Suede jackets, embroidered peasant blouses, and leather miniskirts might seem like special occasion pieces, but styled just so, they’re just the thing to up the ante when you’re wearing your basics day in and day out.

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Pam & Gela Spring 2016

For more information, visit www.pamandgela.com.