New York City Fashion Week Spring 09: BCBGMAXAZRIA

What: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Tent, New York City Fashion Week Spring 09

The Lowdown: BCBGMAXAZRIA for Spring 08 is clearly all about a few key elements—draping, the deep V neckline, and legs (lots and lots of short, gam-showcasing dresses—many with pockets, upping the functionality factor). Gray ruled the runway, and colors are, again, decidedly non-traditional for spring—we’re talking clear deep blues, teals, and bursts of orange and red, mixed with some more subtle rosy, cream, and silvery neutrals. Wide belts, big bold footwear, and slim little clutches added structure, while the jumpsuit and one-shoulder dresses made appearances as well.

Budget Solution: We kind of loved it all with this BCBG collection, especially the necklines and draping—it’s all very high fashion but still infinitely wearable. Is it as typically spring-like as Erin Fetherston’s Erin Fetherston’s dream-inspired collection? Not a bit—but there’s something about the clean, elegant lines and fresh color palette that we could definitely see ourselves in. Want to pick up some elements now so your ready for Spring? We’d suggest snapping up a couple of gray or colored slim clutches (like this Spycat slim clutch from GbyGuess and bold platform sandals like these Singe sandals by Steve Madden). Draping was in this summer as well, so you may already have pieces that you can update next year with the clutch and shoes—and for drapey dresses, we’re thinking you’ll want to look to Forever21 and TwelvebyTwelve when the Spring thaw sets in.

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