Monday Muse: Coco Fronsac Inspires BCBG Max Azria Resort 2016

A work from Coco Fronsac's In Bag series

A work from Coco Fronsac’s In Bag series

BCBG Max Azria is known for clothes that real girls wear. No boundary pushing, no cerebral shapes, no nonsense, too, just clothes that actually get worn by real women during their real lives. So it came as a surprise when Lubov Azria cited artist Coco Fronsac as the inspiration for the brand’s latest resort collection. The artist is known for painting over turn of the century photos. It’s part graffiti, part mixed media and completely cool, but not something we’d expect to be the touchstone for a BCBG collection. But, what came from the artistic foray? A collection of the brand’s go-tos, fan favorites and greatest hits, all done up with a little bit of whimsy and fun, something that’s completely in line with BCBG’s DNA.

BCBG Resort 2016

BCBG Resort 2016

The boho basics that BCBG pump out every season got a twist thanks to embroidered masks and tribal decorations — think of it as Fronsac herself adding her signature work onto a base of BCBG basics. What resulted were elevated, elegant pieces that would look perfect at seaside vacations and offices alike, especially now that tailoring is getting looser, basic black isn’t a requirement and creative dressing is practically a requirement (whether it’s required by your HR department or yourself is the question). Pattern play appeared on flowy pants, loose blouses and more, too. Mix and match? Yes, and yes. Touches of stripe and ikat brought it all together, but in total, these were pieces meant to complement each other and clash in every way possible. It was a balancing act that Azria handled with aplomb.

BCBG Resort 2016

BCBG Resort 2016

Dresses, which might be the brand’s real bread and butter, came with underpinnings that flashed in bright hues, in block prints and blended together silk, lace and crochet. It all went back the mixed media of Fransac’s art. And instead of pairing maxis and flowing skirts with dainty sandals or sky high stilettos (Lubov’s shoe of choice, naturally), BCBG enlisted Frye for a footwear collab. The result is riff on the line’s Veronica buckle boot — an iconic style from the brand — that was a little roughed up to ground the entire collection. There were frills, but these shoes meant business (and they’re sure to sell out when they hit stores).

Outerwear, which is a growing category for the label, included fur-trimmed army jackets, khaki sahariennes and a painted leather jacket that was meant to age, peel and crack as the wearer took it thorough its paces, revealing white leather under the inky black surface.

Revolutionary? No. But we wanted everything, and that’s saying something.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.