BCGB Max Azria is arguably one of the most talked about designer shows each season, and his sophisticated yet extremely wearable collections, and the cult elite following they produce, are showing no signs of fading. Yesterday’s show was one of the first, kicking off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and the AW 2014-15 collection has certainly given the fashion industry something to talk about.
The designer’s bold mix of blacks, navy and orange; paired with lighter neutral tones and oh-so-pretty pastels, makes the collection very versatile. Whilst being feminine with layers of soft, slouchy fabrics, the collection managed to stay on the right side of grunge with sleek studded knee-high boots and lots of leather, beading and lace. Surprisingly (or not so, if you look at BCBG’s proven record), this works; animal prints in neutral tones, and block stripes in a primary colours and pastels adorn dresses and the hems of culottes – the only thing to own in 2014 – offering choice, and alluding to the modern woman’s tendency to be a chameleon.
What’s hard to avoid though, is the use of fur within the collection, and lots of it. Some of the most memorable pieces we’ll be taking into AW with us, are the indulgent hand muffs, and luxurious fur stoles. There’s no denying the designer’s clear nod towards luxury and extravagance this season, and whilst this will have given editors and PETA alike something to talk about, The Clothes Line’s policy remains stable around the use of fur: whilst we, nor any of the shops we supply, accept, sell or condone fur items, we must appreciate it’s significance within the fashion industry. For this reason, we cannot ignore the important role that BCBG Max Azria plays in setting key trends for the fashion industry, so we can only hope that the high-street adopts faux-fur whilst planning their ranges for AW 14, and nothing else.