The BCBG Max Azria show is the unofficial kickoff of New York Fashion Week, and with mounds of snow piling up outside the tents at Lincoln Center and black ice putting street style stars at risk, the Fall 2014 lineup of fur collars, shearling sleeves, and chunky cable-knit sweaters made onlookers want to reach out and layer the clothes on right now.
But aside from the instant gratification effect, the collection — which marked the brand's 25th anniversary and was inspired by the landscapes of the Louisiana bayou — was a roundup of key separates all rich in texture but muted in tone. Most captivating might have been the burnout print on a black silk velvet gown that first inspired designers Lubov and Max Azria. That, or the final two looks that expertly morphed the polarizing seasons. You might not think to pair sheer black tulle with a patchwork fur skirt or a shearling leather sweatshirt, but it's probably exactly how people will be dressing this week.