How Are Our L.A. Designers Doing at NY Fashion Week?


Our hometown designers are doing us proud at New York Fashion Week so far. L.A.-based Tadashi Shoji and BCBG Max Azria both kicked off our favorite week of the year with inspired collections that maybe have us wishing for colder temperatures.

Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2013 collection, presented on Monday, was inspired by a trip to St. Petersburg, and his gowns were nothing but befitting of a Russian princess. They may be more appropriate for the Siberian cold front than Los Angeles, but his lux velvet gowns in camel and navy—complete with princess puff sleeves—had us aching to act out Anastasia. While the collection is all-around conservative with high necklines and a rich, dark palette, lace overlay and capelet details make everything feel regal, not matronly.

BCBG Max Azria also showed on Monday and set an urban vibe for their fall collection by opting for beanies over done-up hair. The looks were layered with silky slips, leather legwarmers, motorcycle jackets and cashmere sweaters. The normally ladylike BCBG’s tough girl presentation was a welcome and wearable surprise. While black was the color of the collection, we loved the collection’s street take on the normally ethereal all-white.