Azria Review in Fall 2015 RTW

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It was a recent trip through Barcelona and the northern Baltic countries that inspired Lubov Azria’s latest collection for BCBG. “We were influenced by all of the beautiful artistry that is still being done!” said the designer, and the decidedly laid-back appeal of the locations in question translated into what she called “a feast of textures,” with imagery hailing from an initial stop in Latvia, and the area’s traditional costume. There were Slavic-style lace-up peasant dresses with leather crisscrosses down the sides and eyelash fringes on the skirts, long shepherd vests with oversize fluffy fur sleeves and pockets, and weft-patterned coats dotted with geometric designs.

A romantic set of diaphanous black frocks with a flamenco flare, embellished with burgundy fringes on the bust, delivered the Spanish influence, while another was decorated with corset-style leather straps. There was a patchworked jacket of matador proportions, with slices of quilted navy fabrics thrown over a burgundy dress. But it was the fur-accented jackets, dyed in poppy hues of lavender and violet, cropped quilted pants, bohemian leather dresses with braided detailing, as well as basic turtleneck knit dresses and sweaters that betrayed where the designer’s heart really lay: home, in Los Angeles, the kind of classic New Age–inspired staples that could be layered transcontinentally, from East to West and beyond.


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