New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: BCBGMAXAZRIA

It can't be easy to be the very first show at Fashion Week. It can't be easy to create a forward-thinking, unique, and elegant collection, but somehow, yet again, BCBGMAXAZRIA has done it. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection, inspired by Turkish architecture and southern European Gypsies, was a luscious gathering of leathers, furs, and cashmeres that were all 100% innovative and wearable. Perhaps leather sweatpants were not on the top of your list for fall attire before, but maybe they should be! The collection also forecasts the return of the deliciously slouchy pant and oversized coat. Not to mention the new style addition of long silk tunics with sky-high slits, perfect for showing off some peekaboo skin next to oh-so-sexy thigh-high boots. Makeup and hair were simple and non-ostentatious, inspired by a tousled Kate Moss and a nod to grunge (especially since cashmere beanies flopped in a wonderfully lazy way atop each model's head). Burgundy, cream, ivory, navy, and black were the heartbeat of the collection, and made this editor in particular wish it was fall all over again. The detailing in each piece--be it in a swirling pattern of contrasting furs in a long vest, purposeful yet elegant cutouts in a burgundy leather trapeze top and A-line skirt, or even black leather sequins on a tulle tank--sent the collection soaring high, setting the bar for the shows to follow. This time of year is always frustrating because you could easily buy it all and wear it now! But you can't, and you have to wait until next fashion week to bust out your gorgeous BCBG Fall/Winter '13 goodies.

Take a look here for some snaps behind the scenes at the BCBG offices and in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent before the BCBG show.