Kicking off an early Thursday morning with style, BCBG MAXAZRIA brought its Spring/Summer 2014 runway and ready-to-wear collection to its downtown Toronto flagship store. Filled with an assortment of breakfast treats, coffee and mimosas, the everyday shopping destination transformed into an elite viewing for bloggers, stylists and fashion connoisseurs alike to preview what the renowned fashion brand had to offer the everyday woman this upcoming season.

With a mimosa in one hand, and a camera in another, many viewed the pieces that came directly from New York, where they were showcased on the runways at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. With comfort and edginess being the overall theme of the 2014 line, many details were incorporated into the pieces to exude this. There was the continuous use of sheer pallets, that lay very nicely along the body to give a sense of mystery and sexiness and the use of black and white being the main overlay with colour accents, to add sophistication to the two classic tones. And there was the many pieces cut and detailed in asymmetrical angles, to showcase different areas of the body while giving a futuristic feel to the piece.

BCBGMAX_MainTwo pieces with exquisite detailing, cut and pattern that seemed to catch the eye of many were an open back, floor length silk dress and the accompanying chiffon shirt and silk skirt combo. The intricate floral pattern – on both pieces – resembled one of an orange blossom oriental garden, and was carried out with an effortless flow to give off an airy, free like essence. A consistent trend, throughout both the runway and ready-to-wear collections and exemplified on the two show stopping pieces was the use of male tuxedo-like cutting – angular flaps and buttons to resemble male sophistication. The addition of layers and bright floral prints added the feminine touch. Both dress and shirt/skirt combo showcased the trend of having many layers embedded around the waist, to extenuate a woman’s body and showcase the overall look of feminine sophistication.

“I think that part of the fun in style is being creative in what you want to wear and being able to express who you are that way,” says Christie Ressel, Editor-in-Chief of Fashion Translated Magazine and fashion expert on “The Steven and Chris Show”. “The good thing about this collection is that there is something a little bit for everybody.”

Words By. Aliecia Brissett

Aliecia Brissett is a creative and fun writer from Toronto, who loves dance, fashion and getting to know her city. Having come from a single parent home, she was constantly involved in activities to keep her busy; such as her years of professional dance training in ballet, hip-hop and jazz, and her love for fashion and drawing that transcended into her becoming a stylist and overall visionary. Having always been a storyteller, and overall chatter box, Aliecia, who joined Urbanology Magazine in 2012 as a journalist and stylist, loves to speak with the movers and shakers of the industry to get a gist of her next story.

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