BCBG Max Azria Fall-Winter 2013-2014 RTW Fashion Show

NEW YORK - Designer Max Azria and wife Lyubov channeled an Eastern motif, with an edgy and boho chic vibe at their Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection which had models wearing layers upon layers of mismatched pieces that somehow went together anyway. The collection was said to be inspired by Istanbul architecture and the eclectic style of Europe's gypsies with oversize coats, beanies, and leather that was laser cut in perfect style. 

EVERYBODY loves a drop of the Nineties. Its key ingredients? An oversized parka atop a glamorous dress shimmering from beneath and a beanie on your head to keep the cold out. And this is just the look that Max and Lubov Azria presented to us on their BCBG Max Azria catwalk this morning. It was pretty and practical to a tee.

The collection’s roots actually lay somewhere altogether warmer than New York is proving to be right now (each day that blizzard warning gets a little bit stronger): Turkey – and in particular the beautiful tiles of its mosques. But looking at it, all layers and furs piled up on top of one another to grungy effect, you couldn’t help but think it was quite an apt antidote for what to wear right now as NYFW gears up for fashion oblivion.

Those tiles, however, did play out as enlarged prints across tunic dresses, sassily slit at the thigh and with huge leather gaiter-style boots and later trousers below them. It was a collection that very cleverly combined artisanal effects and crafts with contemporary and street style – a cropped jumper was layered with a sheer bandeau top, a tunic, skinny trousers and an oversized leather jacket. It all had that just-thrown-on quality about it which, let’s face it, is the look we all strive to achieve.

We then went from being ultra-cool and carefree (next season the parka will replace the bomber in doing this) to being more luxe – a perforated leather skirt and matching top were highly decorative - and then came furs draped on shoulders over sheer chiffons or super decorated dresses for a more eveningwear-orientated feel. But all the while it maintained that street edge - one which will mean this collection will find itself becoming quite key in creating one of next season’s most accessible “looks”.

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