Leather Harnesses, Lace Dresses, And A Peek Backstage At BCBG

Early this morning, we strapped on our heels and headed uptown to Lincoln Center for our first show of New York Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria. We started backstage, where we were jostled by crowds of photographers, harried PR reps, and bloggers alike, until finally found our way to the eye of the storm, a.k.a hair and makeup. Stylists smudged kohl liner and mussed-up the hair of an army of razor-cheekboned models, including some of our favorites like Liu Wen and Ruby Aldridge, both of whom were clad in quintessential model/rockstar-off-duty noir attire.

On the other side of the chaos were front row fixtures Selita Ebanks, parked in front of the Extra cameras, and Whitney Port, with whom we managed to get but a quick word before she was whisked away to her seat. For spring 2013, she explained, “it’s all about mixing black with pops of color,” and indeed that’s exactly what we saw come down the runway.

Once Port was seated alongside Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross and Daisy Fuentes, out streamed a line of models clad in leather and lace, mostly in shades of black, white, and gray, but with an occasional punch of peach. The array of slim cut silk dresses could perhaps pass for just plain-old pretty, if it weren’t for the addition of delicate paneling and tough leather harnesses. As for accessories, the shoes were perforated, buckled, and cuffed at the ankle, while models toted buttery envelope clutches in a pared-down neutral palette.

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