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Saturday, September 8, 2007

MaxAzria Spring 2008 Collection: Camel Is The New Black

After viewing the MaxAzria Spring '08 collection as well as his BCBG line, it's safe to say that, in terms of handbags, camel is the new black. This basic and understated color is expertly combined with creams and blacks to fashion a winning color palette for Azria's handbags. This wise mix will compliment practically everything in a woman's closet. Large (but not over-sized) envelope clutches, frame top handbags and sleek shoulder bags comprise this smart selection of arm candy. My favorite piece, a sleek, camel-colored clutch with cream trim and a black slide-thru tab closure, is a perfect example of a modern handbag's ability to possess that intangible quality which gives it a timeless appeal.
The day wear pieces that make up Azria's collection are feminine, chic and very wearable. Evening wear dresses and gowns are tailored in a demure and forgiving manner without a total lack of structure. I prefer these flattering (and lingerie-like) silhouettes to Vera Wang's mostly unstructured (and slightly depressing) collection. MaxAzria pays close attention to a woman's body, and wisely so. The entire collection's palette, mostly creams, browns, greys and whites, is a welcome respite from this fall's "sledgehammer-like" use of black. So there you have it, ladies, camel is the new black! Thank goodness (and MaxAzria, too).

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