Max Azria Resort 2011

Peter Beard's images of Africa inspired Max and Lubov Azria's travel-themed Resort collection. It's a reference that can easily feel clichéd, but to the designers' credit, their interpretation was fresh. Colorful batik-printed caftans and billowy silk dresses in a rainbow of greens—chartreuse, lime, asparagus—popped against neutral separates, including great slouchy khaki shorts and lightweight cotton utility-style jackets. To complete the luxe global-nomad look: a series of white cotton shirts and tank dresses featuring tie fronts and draped skirts.


This collection is at once, clean, fresh, colorful and downright pretty. Whatever the theme, each look is instantly appealing. Max Azria is one of those designers who can always be counted on for a collection of perfect pieces. The draping and asymmetric touches add just the right amount of "flavor." While I love EACH and EVERY look, I'm particularly drawn to the brown strapless dress....the details and the color make it such a versatile piece. Definitely great for summer wear, but would also be great for spring and fall with the addition of a cardigan and flats. I'm also loving the high-waisted, cuff shorts...the wider legs are so flattering.