15/02/2011 09:13 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Catwalk Review: BCBG Max Azria A/W 2011/12

BCBG Max Azria catwalk autumn winter 2011/12 The look was long and lean at BCBG Max Azria. Photo: Imaxtree


INSPIRATION: Pure lines and a desire for simplicity. Pursuit of a "fresh sensibility and innate seduction."

TOP LOOKS: Forget top looks, this was all one look: long, lean dropped-waist dresses worn over filmy white turtleneck bodysuits with contrasting black cuffs. It's a look.

WHO WAS THERE: Lorraine Nicholson (Jack's daughter), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Maggie Rizer and Kelly Rowland.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: We love it when designers have a specific point of view and use their show to convey that statement. The look at BCBG is not for everyone, but Max and Lubov Azria communicate it clearly - and clearly believe in it. The overall concept was long pieces or dresses made in flowy silk and hammered fabric, draped low on the body to produce plunging necklines, dropped waists and floor-skimming hemlines.

To combat the fabric's sheerness and potentially revealing draping, the Azrias layered each look with a filmy white bodysuit with contrasting black cuffs. Was it an homage to Donna Karan's easy pieces? A nod to Mormon undergarments? A scheme to boost items sold per customer? Or an ingenious solution to enable draping and sheerness without rendering the wearer indecent? We want to believe the latter and appreciate the fresh, flowing take on autumn dressing.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=982444&pid=982443&uts=1297683844