Monday Muse: Dance Inspires BCBG Max Azria Fall 2016

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2016

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2016

After a season dedicated to Elvis Presley, the consummate showman, it was time to look to a different part of performance at BCBG. Known for interpreting fashion’s most head-scratching trends in ways that real women can wear them, Lubov Azria crafted a collection that took some of fall’s biggest takeaways — layering, soft shapes and new takes on denim — and offered them in combinations and iterations that you’ll likely see whether you’re working or playing. The touchstone was dance, David Bowie and what performers wear to and from their gigs. The result was a relaxed, laid-back collection that showcased forward-leaning trends with BCBG signatures like colorblocking and California cool.

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“It’s the idea of performance, as a dancer or a singer,” said Azria. “The performer was our muse, so there are bits of shine everywhere.”

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2016

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2016

That meant plenty of shine and shimmer, whether it was on slashed leggings or shiny leather culottes. And reading that may seem a little off-putting, but layered — and there was a lot of layering — with long tunics, dresses and even skirts, the look was luxe, not lazy.

At first, it seemed overwhelming, what with the extra-long sleeves, the sweaters, jackets and vests, the shirts tied around the waist, the asymmetric hems, but take the pieces off the runway and you’ll find plenty to love. Those skirts are sure to capture the attention of street style photogs and give your ankle boots a whole new life. And those extra-long sleeves may be impractical, but how French-girl cool would they look paired with that peacoat you’re already wearing? The late, great Bowie also served as inspiration, which may explain the various light-catching fabrics used throughout the collection.

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Denim and sparkle have never been strangers, but the chic combination this season was chambray and lurex, which looked at once boho and futuristic. It’s one way to take a Coachella staple and shrug off any festival vibes. But boho babes need not fret. There was an alpaca coat done in patchwork that screamed Stevie Nicks. Paired with a few glimmers, it was something to behold. It may have been gratuitous, but an off-the-shoulder sweater paired with second-skin tights was definitely a Flashdance moment — and we loved it.

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Images courtesy Vogue Runway and BCBG Max Azria

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