New York Fashion Week 2012 kicked off on Thursday, Feb. 9, with designers like BCBG Max Azria, Tadashi Shoji and Cynthia Rowley. Day one offered up some fabulous Fall 2012 collections at Lincoln Center.
BCBG held one of the opening shows of New York Fashion Week at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Max Azria and wife, Lubov, who is the chief creative officer at BCBG, know what women want. That is why BCBG Max Azria is renowned for its effortless, sensual femininity. The Fall 2012 collection gave hints of that sensuality and lots of decadence.
Models glided down the runway in maxi dresses made of airy fabrics with high slits. Hints of decadence wear seen in fur and suede accents on sleeves, collars and chests. Colorblocking made a huge imprint on the Fall 2012 collection, with everything from dresses to tops to even the fur flaunting the multi-colored print. The entire collection gave off a very 70s vibe, with high slits on the dresses and billowy sleeves. The palette was mainly nude with rich pops of mustard, burgundy and navy.
Richard Chai followed in the afternoon with his LOVE collection of menswear and womenswear. The Fall 2012 LOVE collection complemented the men's line with a balanced mix of florals and wide stripes in dark shades of gray, black and blue incorporated into both lines, fusing military with whimsical femininity.
Tadashi Shoji took New York Fashion Week 2012 guests to another era, 1930s Shanghai to be exact. The runway was rife with Chantilly lace, chiffon, high necks, cap sleeves, tiers, velvet and embroidery. Shoji's stunning myriad of luxurious pieces seemed never-ending. Models sashayed down a runway as lazy jazz and haunting, brassy ballads played. The palette for the Fall 2012 collection was drenched in jewel tones like marina and seagrass, balanced by soft colors of ginseng and hazel.
Vision for the Fall 2012 collection, according to the designer'sTwitter account, was based on Marlene Dietrich in the 1932 film Shanghai Express and the golden age of Shanghai cinema.
Major Trends: Day one of New York Fashion Week 2012 included trends like colorblocking; fur; slouchy menswear silhouettes; burnt orange, brown and navy; printed trousers; stripes.
Check out photos of the best of day one of New York Fashion Week 2012 at Lincoln Center.