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BCBG reveals fresher, sportier look for spring

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A model walks the runway at the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Sept. 8, 2011, in New York.

NEW YORK (CBS) While many designers were prepping for their Fashion's Night Out appearances Thursday, Max Azria and his wife and co-designer Lubov Azria unveiled their BCBG spring 2012 collection.

One of the biggest trends of the season - color blocking - was the hallmark of the designs that came down the runway. Dresses continued to dominate, and both designers said that they liked the way their dresses are able to address real women's body types and fit the wardrobe needs of a diverse group of women.

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Asymmetrical handkerchief hems with long fan-like pleats in light, airy fabrics were plentiful as were strong prints that punctuated soft A-line silhouettes. The mood was bright and easy; the fabrics, weightless while maintaining a sense of structure.

A palette of bold brights with neutral accents (navy, and grey in particular) was juxtaposed with embroidery and tribal prints.

Azria said the collection was a return to "old style retro-romance with a fresh take." Lubov said she felt a great affinity for the one-piece look and says the trend is more economical than having to invest in separates and coordinate them.

There were a couple of jumpsuits in the same soft flowing fabrics ending in wide-leg pants.

Lubov also said the two designers tried to inject "a fresh sporty element" into the elegant designs they are known for.

Despite a deliberate move to add an "urban" influence into the mix, the designs were very wearable. Sports jackets made from silk and chiffons added an edge to the flowing georgettes and crepes used in the dresses. The looks, for the most part, were demure, with hints of sexiness.

Shoes and jewelry were bolder; ethnic prints were very much in evidence on high, thicker-heeled sandals and metallic clutches.

And for those who just can't get enough of BCBG, look out for the new fragrance to launch soon. With affordably priced clothing, you might be tempted to buy both the dress and the cologne this spring.

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