New York Fashion Week, Day 1: BCBG and Christian Siriano

New York Fashion Week, Day 1: BCBG and Christian Siriano
Rex/ BCBG Max Azria

New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with shows from BCBG and Christian Siriano

Our first set of of autumn/winter 2011/12's shows boasted bold flashes of colour and painterly prints from BCBG Mark Azria, while the Christian Siriano catwalks were awash with elaborate sculpted silhouettes in inky blacks and earthy tones.

BCBG's colour pops in tangerine, cobalt and mustard were juxtaposed with formal greys, burgundy and black that took their form on the most uncomplicated of cuts. The model army were decked out in pinafore-topped, or wrap-style dresses, all dropped at the waist and leading onto free-flowing skirts, which were slit thigh-high to reveal the ubiquitous chunky suede and leather riding boots.


The most figure-hugging of turtle-neck bodies proved to be the must-have accessory, sported by each and every model, and adding a sleek twist to the flowing frocks. Formal, highly structured leather arm-candy were clutched by the ladies and came in the most neutral of hues.

Over on the Christian Siriano runway, a darkly romantic mood was set by ruffle-egdes dresses and sheer skirts, which gave way to elaborate ball gowns with the fullest of chiffon skirts.

And, which coats will we be donning next season? Well, if Max Azria's runway is anything to go by, then we needn't clear out our camel coats or capes any time soon. Last season's most covetable styles returned to the runways, albeit in sharp, streamlined cuts. Siriano also resurrected the classics, showcasing double-breasted tuxedo jackets and wrap-up-warm overcoats, all in sleek yet subdued shades of black.

The shows are just getting started and the celebs will continue to flock, so keep checking back at for all the latest from the front row.

By Hayley Spencer

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