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BCBG Max Azria Spring 2014 RTW

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The deconstructed looks of BCBG Max Azria’s Ready To Wear Spring 2014 collection are lessons in casual, understated chic. Composed almost entirely of a neutral color palette of ice blues, grays, and various shades of black and white, the only color was seen in an on-trend, vibrant floral print reminiscent of watercolor paintings. Other current trends, like head-to-toe print mixing and matching and liberal use of texture, were also prevalent in the garments.

Starting with what appeared to be daytime looks before heading into after hours attire, practically every piece was an easy, loose-fitting separate perfectly styled to create outfits appropriate for any and every occasion. A variety of fabrics paired with a simplicity in design led to pieces that were in stark contrast with each other yet somehow worked: for example, sheer chiffon panels were unexpectedly banded across pant legs, interspersed with florals, and underlaying what looked like a loose cotton shirtdress. There were flashes of midriff, torso cutouts, and even a handful of plunging necklines, yet it all remained tasteful and simple. What could have been overworked came across as beautifully executed due to a clean, minimal aesthetic.

These staples could easily go from work and play with their funky, edgy, and sophisticated brand of urban sex appeal. Standout looks included a strappy, bondage-style floral bustier under a deconstructed motorcycle vest and floor-length maxi dresses with a mix of sheer panelling, florals, and black and white color blocking down the front.

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