I was practically giddy when I found out I was granted access to the BCBG Fall 2012 show. I love me a good runway show, especially when its a designer I myself love to wear. I packed myself up bright & early, headed over to Lincoln Center, home of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. From the moment I walked in the door, I was immersed into the wonderful world that is backstage at a major runway show.
The beehive that was backstage was in high gear resembling that of well ordered chaos. Countless make-up & hair stations were set up, glamouring up the lovely ladies. Make-up was carefully placed by the wondrous Maybelline artists, while hair was well coiffed under the careful direction of Bumble & Bumble stylists. While all this was taking place, any possibly open space with was filled by an unimaginable number of photographers, videographers, journalists, & hosts all clambering to get their shot.
When I was able to pry myself away from the energy filled hive, I headed toward the area directly backstage where all the quick changes would be taking place. Racks of gorgeous deep strong colored clothes were well hang with careful care displaying the hotness that was about to go down the runway. The Fall 2012 collection was filled with creams, beige, mustard yellows, burnt orange, & well placed pops of purple. Color blocking was on display, which to be honest about, I am not the biggest fan of. However, the choice of lighter weight more flowing fabrics crafted into well fitted designs gave way to a collection that almost made you wish to by pass spring and summer to jump into these lovelies! Complementing the great color scheme was plenty of fur. Fur was used from a simple accent piece to full on gorgeous coats & wraps. The selection of colors & fur type played very well together creating a great collection that I simply cant wait to get my hands on.
Color blocking is going to big this coming year. It will be hard to ignore. So how might this translate into the wedding world? Could we possibly see a trickle down effect and begin to see color blocking in bridesmaid dresses? Will brides be brave enough to go with something not quite so traditional? Perhaps we might see color blocking reflected more so on the decor end of the spectrum. Perhaps some table clothes with chunks of multiple colors, mixed with different color napkins. Maybe even the reprisal of place mats! A simple way to pop in a block of color where typically nowadays you wouldnt see it. Maybe savvy brides & florist can begin to wrap the handles of bouquets with 2-3 different color ribbons, creating a block effect down the handle. Take it one step further & actually arrange the flowers within the bouquet & even centerpieces by color, there again, playing up the color block technique.
The hair & makeup at the BCBG show was sleek & clean. Hair was pulled back into smooth well ironed low pony tails. The pony tails were then wrapped with the model’s own hair, however, pulling it from the side, allowing the hair to dip and flow into the face when the girls moved. This was a very smart playful take on the low pony. A style that will translate well onto bridesmaids even a bride or two!
The makeup was clean & defiantly not in your face. Natural skin tones with soft blush complemented the light mauvy pink lips. The eyes were handled with a bit of flare however. Opting to utilize smooth liners that ran slightly above the lash line, then lifted at the ends of the eyes creating a more catty open look. As well, the crease of the eye got equal liner treatment, giving the eye a touch more definition & drama. The effect was strong without being too much. For any bride that is looking to play a bit with flare around their eyes, this could be a really fun look.
So what can brides take from the show? Color blocking wont be ignored this year, so embrace it! There are plenty of ways and areas in which you can apply it without seeming like you have an obsession with geometry. Fresh faces with a touch of drama to the eye & sleeked pony tails with movement around the face brings a young modern look. Fall colors could easily merry up with mustard yellows, burnt oranges & deep woodsy purples. There’s plenty here to play with ladies!
Oh and PS- Totally in LOVE with these heels!!! They are a big time must for my shoe collection!
Gallery of BCBG Fall 2012 Collection:
*All Photography by Jessica Poole