"I think it's always an evolution," said Lubov Azria backstage at the BCBG Max Azria show this morning. And indeed it was, starting with a light palette of creams and browns to blanket a range of oversized and long, sometimes padded shapes. That transitioned fairly quickly into a live, brightly colored collection that Lubov attributed to her travels.
"We went to Barcelona for a trip and I was so inspired by the culture," she said. "And then we went north to the Baltic Sea [States] like Latvia and all those countries. What I realized is you have these little mom and pop stores that have this hand-beaded embroidery and then you have this younger generation and they don't want to have anything to do with it." But tempered under Azria's hand they will.
A few pieces came with that embroidery, in panels lining capes and coats while other times it seemed that the rich colors of embroidery were inspiration enough. Scarves popped out demanding attention in bright orange, slightly quelling the frizz of the models' hair. Another strong point of the collection was in the footwear. With more than a few beautiful over-the-knee boot options and a fur fronted sling back, the brand pushed for something new in one design featuring a stiletto heel wrapped in leather. The result seemed like a wedge at first glance but at second, definitely plays to that younger generation represented by actress Sami Gayle, who was spotted backstage at the show.