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New York Fashion Week highlights: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Richard Chai and Tadashi Shoji

New York Fashion Week opened yesterday and what better way to start than the début of BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2013 collection, a triumph of layers and textures that warmed up the public.

The collection is quite different than what we've seen before, is very hippie, comfortable and inspired by the city of Ankara, Turkey's capital, its architecture and style. Max and his wife and muse Lubov Azria have played with layering and proportions, achieving a line of oversized pieces, in harmony with each others.

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Gypsy long vests and skirts, topped with cashmere sweaters and fur, flowing fabrics and geometric patterns, the garments are a melange of prints, colours and textures. Never heavy, nor baggy the line pairs silk dresses to woolly jumpers and beanie hats, leather leggings to lizard thigh-high boots, in a casual constructive chaos, which give the collection an elegant and modern twist.

Also on the catwalk of New York Fashion Week 2013 is Richard Chai, presenting both women and men collection on the same runway. Clothing for him and for her that seem going perfectly together: metallic, geometric jacket with black pencil skirt for her and metallic military coat with tailored suit for him.

Chai used many unusual shades for his Fall 2013 collection, such as light purple for his two-piece structured top and pencil skirt, embroidered with botanical design, or the beautiful emerald and Linden green dress, so light and airy. Chai's man is modern, cutting-edge yet elegant, he belongs to New York's down-town scene, he wears cotton sweatshirts with neoprene details and military jackets with soft textured trousers.

Tadashi Shoji collection was instead rich, full of embellished pieces and heavy, warm fabrics. Lavish materials played together with sultry shades, like black, navy, burgundy and white. The models seem Russian Gypsy princesses, wrapped in long, loose gowns adorned with navy metallic lace and tulle and black beaded cutouts.

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