Show Review: BCBG Max Azria Spring 2013

Though Spring is usually reserved for bright shades and florals, BCBG Max Azria went for neutral blacks and whites, opting for muted tones and unexpected textures for their latest collection. Drawing inspiration from Helmut Newton’s femme fatales in his iconic photographs, Max and Lubov Azria proposed fierce femininity, mixing leather and lace, and adding structure to fluid silks.

Leather harnesses anchored lingerie inspired dresses while geometric elements provided contrast to ethereal fabrics. Models stomped in ankle cuff perforated pumps in black and white, all the while carrying oversized portfolio clutches in tan, white, dove grey, and black.

Peaked shoulders spied on leather lapel blazers and cut out mini dresses added to the collection’s fierce proclivities, while midi skirts with side slits offered a dash of demure.

No BCBG collection would be complete without a bit of colorblocking. The designers brought pink and peachy hues to blocked blouses and form skimming dresses to appeal to the brand’s core consumer.

All the blacks, whites, and leathers earmarked for the summer made me wonder if Max and Lubov Azria took a page from the Kimye handbook.

Fittingly, I could see Kim Kardashian clinging to the more form fitting options, or classic red carpet regulars like Gabrielle Union sidling up to the brand’s white jumpsuits.

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Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style blog in the world.