Max Azria’s runway opened in neutral territory with a series of dresses in pales – ash, white, nude -- that were positively lust-worthy. The lines were clean yet a touch suggestive without a whiff of the obvious. There were bits of sheer netting here and there – at a hem, inset into a bodice and fabrics silk and laser-cut crepe – sometimes slit, folded or draped – fluttered sensually.
A few looks, lightly embroidered, had a slight hippie vibe but stayed subtle.
But neutral, shmeutral, sometimes a gal wants to make an entrance, and, for these types, there were major pops of color – canary yellow, crimson, coral and peony. Though sly Max did not forget the wardrobe staple – the little black dress, several fabulous options.
Bloomingdale’s fashion director, Stephanie Solomon gave the collection an all-out rave. “This was the best BCBGMaxAzria show ever. There was not one misstep. Awesome, awesome, awesome.”