BCBG Max Azria SS12
If Max and Lubov Azria had to make one thing for the rest of their lives, I would hope they’d opt for dresses. Even when they take a slight departure from glamour and head towards Sporty Town as they have for Spring/Summer 2012. The move from minimalism is finally here. As wearable as their designs were last season, the duo have done a great job pulling in the athletic chic; sheer panels, then hoodies, chiffon pleats, then drop-waists and low slung pockets. The balance was flirty and extremely contemporary with angled panels, spliced fabrics, and a casual feel that represented a loosening of the industry’s belts.

Transitioning from bra-like straps towards the end of the show, accessories such as wooden, bronze-embroidered platform print sandals and edgy envelope clutches seemed to resonate with the style sense of megafan (and front-row guest) Sophia Bush. There were definite hints of a tribal theme that I predict will be the major trend of Spring/Summer 2011. View Post

Billboard Music Awards Taylor Swift
As soon as Cannes wraps, we have yet another (entirely different) ‘red carpet‘ to break down: last night’s 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Six ladies really stood out for me.

First, Taylor Swift in a luminous, embellished nude Elie Saab gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Practically perfect in every way.
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Rihanna Vogue
It’s a sexy Rihanna package! This Vogue US cover for April 2011 looks like a homage to either Ariel (The Little Mermaid) or Jessica Rabbit, even though the red-haired songstress wears a stunning embroidered Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 dress. With such a game-changing cover, the actual spread – “Living Out Loud” – left me slightly disappointed.

It is their Shape issue, so I understand the use of the red hot Hervé Léger by Max Azria cutout swimsuit with Alexander Wang open-toe booties, but the styling (by the usually-adored Tonne Goodman) was uncharacteristically minimal from there on out; a Chloé one-shoulder mesh dress and a Donna Karan midnight-blue bodysuit. I believe it is the combination of forced style and the fact that the editorial – photographed by Annie Leibovitz – seemed poorly lit, but after such a cover the rest of the images felt slightly ‘travel catalog’. I hold all four names – Goodman, Leibovitz, Riri and Vogue – in the highest sartorial regard, so expected something a little more inspiring. Video and spread for you below! View Post

Herve Leger Fall Winter 2011
Herve Leger bandage dresses are the most strenuous stratagem of the last ten years in fashion. Not only do they take a Pilates-addicted body to pull off, but they are mighty involved to pull on. Regardless, Max and Lubov Azria‘s Fall/Winter 2011 designs prove their beauty is relentless, using new techniques and finishings for a warrior princess collection that included a fur trench, cropped pants (!!), and a skirt made of pony hair. It’s not your ordinary bodycon exhibition. See the top five looks below! View Post

BCBG Max Azria
There was lots of straightforward subtlety on showcase at BCBG yesterday. Continuing their Spring/Summer trend, the Fall/Winter show was full of sensible, simple pieces over white turtlenecks. While I think it’s great to see Celine-like minimalism at a friendlier price point, Max and Lubov Azria should be worried that they are alienating their trend-happy, versatile customers. I’ve worked for Azria, and know that these type of pieces just don’t sell through their concessions. The five best pieces are below. View Post