The intricate leather harnesses in BCBGMAXAZRIA's Spring 2013 collection toughened up the line's workwear and gave otherwise sweet dresses serious sex appeal. Inspired by the women in Helmut Newton's iconic black-and-white photography, many of the looks were monochromatic, but their construction was anything but simple. In addition to being adorned with straps of leather, dresses combined printed silk, lace, and — in some cases — chambray all in the same garments. Luckily, the fabrics were light enough that they didn't compete with one another, and instead formed soft, fluid silhouettes.
Kristen Stewart attended the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego showcasing a hot new fashion formula: a white cropped Fluxus tee and bright-yellow bandage BCBGMAXAZRIA skirt, finished off with black high-top Barbara Bui sneakers — here is the gold version ($680). Both bandage skirts and sneakers are trendy on their own, but we love the way Kristen brought them together for a sexy-slash-sporty pairing. Next time you're about to reach for your bandage skirt, don't forget to grab your sneakers, too. The look is way fresher and funkier than the usual bandage skirts with platform heels. Get started by shopping our favorite Kristen-inspired bandage skirt and sneaker pairings below.
Kim Kardashian looked fresh as ever in all white while visiting the Children's Hospital in LA with boyfriend Kanye West. Her tan suede Celine bag and Balenciaga peep-toe booties lent just the right amount of color and texture to her look. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with an all-white ensemble, be it a white open blazer, white tank, and white skinny jeans like Kim; a white tee with white shorts and a white denim jacket; or a little white dress with a white cardigan. Although Kim's white BCBGMAXAZRIA blazer isn't available — here is the blush version ($201, originally $268) — you can pair any crisp white jacket with a white tank and white jeans to achieve her refreshing look.
BCBG's 2013 Resort Collection was inspired by designer Lubov Azria's travels, specifically her trip to the Il Pellicano Hotel, resulting in getaway glamour at its best. Our Style Director Noria Morales walks us through her favorite pieces from the collection — from open-back maxi dresses to sheer pants to wedges with a style surprise — and shows us how to wear them for a look that's decidedly gypset-chic.
Day one of New York Fashion Week has come and gone so fast. But fret not, there's way more to come. While we await more fabulous Fall '11 collections, let's look back on the day's best looks. In this first bunch, you'll find little bit of bright pink from Jenni Kayne, a glam dress from St. John, a new take on evening wear via BCBGMaxazria, sheer at Luca Luca, and more. Click through to see Fab's top 10 looks from NYFW day one.
FabSugar: How would you describe your personal style?
Maggie Rizer: Eclectic. Artistic but wearable, like I have all-American style but I love Yohji Yamamoto.
FS: Who are some of your favorite designers?
MR: Yohji, again. Nicolas Ghesquiere [of Balenciaga], Anna Sui.
FS: What shows are you looking forward to?
MR: I'm excited to see Rebecca Taylor. It's so pretty!
FS: What projects are you working on, since you're not doing runway anymore?
MR: A few things here and there. I live in San Francisco now with my husband.
FS: We love San Francisco!
MR: Oh me too! It's so beautiful! We go up to Napa, Mendocino.
FS: Pt. Reyes?
MR: Yes, totally. We were just there. My husband is a sailboat racer so we love being near the water.
FS: Are you a sailor too?
MR: No, I'm horrible! I don't like manual labor.
FS: If you weren't a model, what would you be?
MR: I always wanted to be a veterinarian. But I'm really glad I'm a model!
BCBGMAXAZRIA is the first major show of Fashion Week, and the energy was high this morning. Kelly Rowland, Ashanti, and Maggie Rizer sat front row for a collection that promised to fulfill a "desire for simplicity" while providing "modern elegance." That translated into long, diaphanous dresses, many of which were backless or belted, soft layers, and a mostly neutral palette with a few pops of bright orange and purple. While the longer, looser proportions and turtlenecks didn't make for an overtly sexy show, there was a definite sensuality evoked through the sheer fabrics and the play of layers. FabSugarTV was able to chat with the designer behind the scenes, and here are the main highlights from the show:
- Trends: Clean, modest sensibility, tissue-thin turtlenecks, sculptural details like sheer panels, asymmetric hems, cutout shoulders, and colorblocking.
- Colors: Palette of neutrals: cream, beige, and navy, with pops of orange and purple.
- Key Look: Minimal silk dress worn with a thin turtleneck and boots.
- Accessories: '70s-style suede and leather boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Artsy types who crave simplicity and modest sensuality.
Gwyneth's cozy fur-collared anorak is a chic way to keep warm and a perfect example of what to wear out when the weather gets chilly. Though we don't get a peek of what she's got on underneath, I'd like to think she's sporting a pretty mini sheath ($80) in a bold hue to contrast with her dark tights and ankle boots ($225). Channel the same look and click the items above to shop.
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BCBGMAXAZRIA has kicked off its annual Winter sale, and with amazing pieces at under $100, there's no reason not to splurge. Or at least take a peek. When combing through, we came across 10 styles that would look smashing in our Fab closets. A little leopard here, a little bling there, some lace, some draping, and we have a selection worth spending the holiday cash we received on!
When you're smack dab in the middle of party season, flitting from fete to fete, the little black dress routine can get a bit stale. The good news? There are tons of stylish alternatives to your usual noir number, and not only will you look just as chic, you'll also succeed at standing out in the crowd. Whether it's a feathered blazer ($125) or a slouchy pair of sequin shorts ($15), these swoon-worthy separates are sure to dazzle the room and drop some jaws. Click through to check out all of my Fab-approved LBD-alternatives.