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A Brief Foray into Fashion: BCBG Max Azria - Walking on the Edge
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A Brief Foray into Fashion: BCBG Max Azria
OK, so of all the designers out there, I have to admit BCBG Max Azria is a favorite of mine. I don't avidly follow designers or anything, seeing as I usually can't afford much of anything they sell. But as it happens, I've found more than one awesome dress at the BCBG store (on sale, even!). The last time I went to Barrister's Ball it was in my Favorite Dress Ever (also the most expensive item of clothing I've ever bought) which is by Max Azria. I also found a fantastic cream-colored dress of his (I like to call it my Academy Awards Dress) at an outlet one time, which I sadly have not had occasion to wear yet (but I WILL. Somehow I WILL. Maybe if Kelly and I ever go to the opera again. Or if I win an Academy Award). And, of course, let's not forget that until it was discontinued they carried my favorite-EVER perfume, BCBG Girls Metro. (SO SAD it is gone.)

So seeing as BCBG is pretty much a favorite of mine for fancy things, I was disturbed to get this image in my Gmail today:

Along with links to models on the runway wearing dresses like those she wore.

Now, don't get me wrong - I like Angelina Jolie, and even think her style is (often) quite nice on her (although occasionally...hrm). And despite the fact that even the Max Azria email shows that she wore the blue dress backwards, she can usually carry odd drapey styles off with class. BUT. The reason I'm feeling iffy about the fact that a lot of the current line looks to be inspired by Jolie's style is that I am no Angelina Jolie, nor is most of the known world. I *don't* usually prefer to waltz around looking like I bought a gigantic brown silk poncho, stapled it together somehow so as to create somewhat modest armholes, and decided it was great for the red carpet.

I'm not saying Max Azria's lost his touch or anything (although whatever this gal's wearing on her ankles scares me mightily, just that most of us, and I'm including actresses here, don't generally pick dresses that look like they have no tailoring at all and are, possibly, made out of one rectangle of cloth and a staple or two. And that's what a good portion of his current line appears to be (the portion that is not suffering from completely boring crew neck syndrome.

I do realize that I am, at present, not in any position to need to buy one of Max Azria's dresses. But I like fashion, and I know how actresses are about fashion and following trends, and I'm beginning to have a sinking feeling that late 2009 is going to be The Season of Jolie or something, where all we see are actresses swishing around in 200 yards of silk gathered together by a piece of crystal-studded twine.

I do have some hope: this is actually kind of cute, if you cut off the weird long arm, and this, despite its draping, doesn't really bother me, and I actually kind of love this dress and this dress a lot (very elegant!). I'm just...concerned. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: April 29th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC) (current file)
omg fashion!

So yes, my thing with Angelina Jolie--well, it's not even really with her. If she loves to wear drapey earth tones, great. But it's hardly fashion forward, or thrilling, or anything. So I wish it were less celebrated, that look.

And clothes like that--and here is where my issue broadens to a Miranda Priestly "that's why you're wearing a periwinkle sweater" type deal--do NOT look good on curvy people like myself. I mean, even if I weighed the 20 pounds less I'd like to, I would still look 20 pounds heavier and dumpyfrumpy in a getup like that. So I am generally displeased that the large and floating silhouette is still in. I also cannot wait until big swaths of fabric hanging off your outfit is over, because then I look like Ursula the Sea Witch.
kiran59 From: kiran59 Date: April 29th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC) (current file)
In her own way Angelina is as boring fashion wise as Jen Aniston.

She just looks the way she does.
worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: April 29th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (current file)
I was going to say that! But I didn't want to start a Jen/Angie war.
kiran59 From: kiran59 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC) (current file)
Eh, I dont have a horse in the race. I think their both cool.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 30th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC) (current file)
I know what you mean. I mean, I'm just average size, but if I wear certain drapey things (like, say, those shirts that make people look vaguely pregnant) they can make me look bigger than I am. And who wants that?? *sigh*

because then I look like Ursula the Sea Witch.

That made me laugh so hard. Hee.
kiran59 From: kiran59 Date: April 29th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC) (current file)
My favorite designer is Marc Jacobs and last season his NY fashion week show was HIDEOUS. Like so HIDEOUS. I was like "The hell? MARC I AM SUPPOSED TO ASPIRE TO YOU"

I feel your pain.
worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: April 29th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC) (current file)
OMG! My favorite designed used to be MJ, too. And I've thought lately that maybe I was just getting old, and "preppy/whimsical" is a style for the youth. But maybe instead he's just lost the plot. Because it's not like I'm dying for Donna Karan right now, either.
kiran59 From: kiran59 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC) (current file)
Its not just you. And his latest shows have been more "Donatella Versace on Crack" then anything else.

I think I may switching my loyalties to Nina Ricci or Zac Posen.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 30th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC) (current file)
I REMEMBER THAT. From the Fug Girls, mostly. Heather and Jessica were all over that, IIRC. Hee.
From: oakenguy Date: April 29th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC) (current file)
The most recent 30 Rock had Tina Fey slouching around in a blue slanket. It looked JUST LIKE that picture on the left!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 30th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC) (current file)
GAH! DO NOT WANT. And she's pretty tiny, so it might have actually been vaguely ok on her. But. GAH.
ashcomp From: ashcomp Date: April 29th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (current file)
I have so little connection to fashion that you could probably run a great design house just based on the things I don't know about the business.

However, if Angelina Jolie is wearing that gown backwards, you have to consider this: she has a bust. No way in hell she could wear that dress forwards--though, I wouldn't mind seeing her try!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 30th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC) (current file)
Hah, true. Fashion models are usually so flat it doesn't even matter if there's a front on the thing - they just drape it and tape it, I'd imagine.
pann_cake From: pann_cake Date: April 30th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC) (current file)
And here I assumed she was wearing those drapy things to hide the baby-weight from being pregnant! Who knew it would start a trend! :P
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 3rd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hee! Yeah, I guess these things just happen.
lady_of_mists From: lady_of_mists Date: April 30th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC) (current file)
I just don't understand why she's leaning backwards in both of those pictures. She's not standing up straight and I don't know if it is something to do with bad posture or the weight of all of that fabric on her back.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: May 3rd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hah, yeah, I don't know about that either.
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