Tara’s Fashion Week Round Up: What’s Up at BCBG, Zimmermann, CotW, & Richard Chai

New York Fashion week is finally here, and no slush, sleet nor snow could stop us.

Day one was opened with BCBG Max Azria’s twenty-fifth anniversary show (featured above). The show offered up the staples that have defined the “bon chic, bon genre” brand in new and fresh ways. Color blocking found itself in the form of gray, black, pink and turquoise graphic stripes.  Asymmetrical hemlines were lengthened to cover the tops of knee high boots in a very apparent nod toward the ‘70’s.  And fur was the mixed material of choice, adorning everything from outerwear to accessories (the fur clutch cum hand warmer was particularly clever.)

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Jumping from the ‘70s to the ‘90s Richard Chai LOVE gave us a cleaned up version of grunge. The ‘90s influence was best epitomized by the effortlessness of layering t-shirts over thermals.  Interesting textures helped update everything from a plaid mohair coat to a pair of sequin-adorned trousers.  Hemlines were kept long on the few skirts found within in the sea of floral and striped patterned trousers. Clean-cut leather and shearling Andrew Marc jackets were a highlight of the show in an array of black, brown and bordeaux hues. The menswear was chockfull of slouchy trousers, striped suits and black boots. The pieces were made infinitely more interesting with some clever styling, a blouse tied around the waist to resemble a skirt for example.

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Creatures of the Wind juxtaposed Eastern-inspired dress with Western tailoring and the outcome was gorgeous.  The pieces that were most successful hung in balance between the two sides. The cuts were clean and the layering was kept simple. There was an effortlessness and elegance in the apparent restraint exercised (this best illustrated by the pairing of a black sparkly top with an otherwise prosaic mint green wool skirt.) The sure to be most coveted piece from the collection, an ankle length coat cinched at the waist in a blurred black and white pattern. The Creature of the show? Butterflies, seemingly blown in by the wind, landing on the lapels and buttons of a few different jackets.

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Zimmermann’s show gave us the understanding of an Australian beatnik as inspired by her mother. Models were sent down the runway wearing metal  “teddy” bow chokers, chunky patent brogues and sported slicked back hair, dark brows and even darker lips. Prints ranged from florals to collages of motorcycle parts but were all kept dark and moody in monochrome black and white.  Floral printed dresses, skirts and tops were toughened up with cut outs that were lined in leather trim and then tied together with large, pearl metallic buttons. Contrasting to the tougher, stiffer pieces were cozy knits in the form of a sea foam green mohair vest and an oversized pink sweater with rows of knit balls. As with Creatures of the Wind the pieces that have us most excited are the coats, oversized and menswear inspired.

Zimmermann Gets Steamy for Resort 2012

If there’s one thing I learned while scoping the style scene at Coachella this weekend, it’s that sporting basic swimwear just doesn’t cut it anymore. Tastemaking partygoers frolicked from party to party in well-ventilated Lycra options that featured bold prints, bright colors and brave cut-outs, causing every top photog in town to stop in their tracks and snap, snap, snap. If you, too, were inspired by this spectacle to broaden your swimsuit horizons, then Zimmermann‘s latest range is right up your alley.

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For resort 2012, the Australian cult label ventures into new territory by introducing print-plentiful swimsuits that are infused with a sportswear spirit. To add to the effect, famed photographer Simon Lekias shot the collection’s campaign in the sweaty sauna of a recreation center. Zimmermann creative director Tamila Purvis styled up-and-coming models Nicole Pollard and Lydia Collins in sneakers to give her gear some sexy grit. I’m particularly fond of the snakeskin number above (which would look awesome with some cut-offs) and the technicolor top below.

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See the complete campaign here and look out for it when resort hits stores next month.

Photos via Oyster

Video: Watch Zimmermann’s Steamy Resort Collection Come to Life

One of my must-see designers at Miami Swim Week has released a campaign video for their sweaty resort 2012 collection—and it’s pretty damn hot. The one-minute clip features bored and beautiful models wearing the Australian label’s sexy swimwear, seductively hanging out in a sauna that’s suspiciously nary of fat dudes (fat dudes love saunas).

The sportswear-inspired range styled by the brand’s creative director Tamila Purvis is set to the sounds of some type of glitchy electronic music, which works well with the models’ alluring movements. As for the swimwear, it’s all classic color-happy Zimmermann, injected with innovative floral prints, ruched one pieces, single-sleeve bikini tops and ethereal cover-ups. Watch it all below.

Zimmerman’s F/W Line Is Easy, Breezy, with Lots of Leg

This could get a bit confusing. The Fall/Winter 2011 collection from Aussie-born Zimmermann is what you’ll want to be wearing come spring, but it’s perfect for the balmy “cold” seasons down under. And because the Southern Hemisphere is approaching fall, Zimmermann’s latest line is the perfect set of transition pieces: gauze-y maxi dresses, leather mini-skirts, and plenty of sheer fabrics.

The garments are a modern take on ’70s silhouettes, complete with flared-leg jumpsuits and floor-length fringe, appropriately paired with a strong center part and plenty of jewelry. Fortunately for those of us stateside, Zimmermann’s pieces are available on the online shop, but the Fall/Winter line won’t be up for a few more weeks. However, that means the Spring/Summer line is on sale now, which is perfect for the tropical getaway you’ve likely booked in light of today’s blizzard.