Runway Recap: BCBG's Modern Gypsy Woman

Another season, another New York Fashion Week!

This morning, the tents were alive with the sound of photo snapping photographers and crazed editors as the stylish bunch flocked to Lincoln Center plaza to catch the start of the Fall 2013 runway shows.  BCBG Max Azria opened the fashion spectacular with a collection inspired by ancient Istanbul architecture and eclectic gypsy style.  But while historical references were no doubt apparent in the brand’s use of elongated silhouettes and breezy layered tunics, it was the collection’s emphasis on urban sportswear that provided the most impact.  Easy silk shifts were layered over loose pants, while oversized, slouchy leather bomber jackets—embellished with printed fur and embroidery— gave an edgy, downtown vibe to the otherwise feminine attire.  And, just in time for the storm ready to hit New York this weekend, the brand topped off each look with a knit cashmere beanie, which paired well with the overall boho meets SoHo aesthetic.

As always, the BCBG runway provided a standout model cast, albeit more of a ‘fresh face’ type of crowd than last season.  Runway regulars like Katlin Aas, Mackenzie Dratzen and Sui He were on hand for the show, however, it was newcomer Nikola from Women Management that got to take the first steps out onto the runway in an indigo print patch silk dress, navy embroidered parka and black lizard thigh-high boots. Of course, she wasn’t the only up-and-comer on the scene.  Also strutting their stuff to the track “Man O To” by NU, was Grace Mahary (IMG), Tilda Lindstam (IMG) and our very own Top 10 Fresh Faces pick, Kayley Chabot (NEXT)!

As far as beauty goes— and trust us, the BCBG girls had plenty of it— Sephora pro makeup artist, Val Garland, found this year’s inspiration in none other than supermodel icon Kate Moss, whose laid-back, sultry rocker look provided the base for the models clustered backstage.  While staying true to the natural beauty of the Middle East, Garland kept the skin fresh and luminized, while the eyes were given a sultry chocolate smokey eye effect lined with nude eyeliner to brighten the complexion.  Lips meanwhile, were simply enhanced with Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in clear gloss, completing the overall subtle, sexy look.

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