New York Fashion Week 2014 kicked off in Manhattan Thursday, Feb. 6, with designer BCBG Max Azria showcasing its new fall/winter 2014 collection, according to Feb. 6 USA Today report. The show followed the first designer to helm Fashion Week, Nicholas K, who debuted a gothic chic collection. Being the part of the first few designers to rock the runway requires “a lot of guts," Azria observed before the show. “We always do something that other people are not doing. It's all about length and geometrics and colors.”
As always, celebrities flocked to BCBG’s Max Azria fashion show, but for the designer, it is always only about the clothes. “All celebrities are welcome and I'm very happy to see them. But it's about the clothes. The focus is on the clothes,” Azria said. “People have to like the clothes.”
Long dresses were the focal point of the collection for the Azria, who noted that the one item every woman should have in her fashion closet for fall 2014 is “[a] beautiful long dress for the day.” Also dominating the runway, were asymmetrical styles, shearling, parkas, knee-high boots, and menswear shirts, USA Today reports.
As the Examiner previously reported, last year BCBG drew inspiration from the Turkish capital of Ankara, for a collection full of “streamlined chic” layering with a heavy focus on texture. “It sounds a little crazy, but it's also a little bit hippie. It's different than what we've been doing,” Azria said at the time. The garments (featuring some laser-cut designs) included cozy crewneck wool sweaters, coats, flowy dresses, pants, cashmere beanies and tunics that can be worn without or without leggings. On the runway, they were paired with leather leggings.
According to E! News, New York Fashion Week 2014 is scheduled to run from Feb 6. through Feb. 13 at “the tents” at Lincoln Center, but some big names like Alexander Wang will show offsite. In addition to BCBG Max Azria and Nikolas K, Tadashi Shoji is one of the other designers slated to debut the first fall/winter 2014 looks at Fashion Week.