Monday Muse: BCBG Max Azria Heads to Spain
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.
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.