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BCBG Max Azria opened New York Fashion Week with a collection influenced by the popular colourblocking trend.

The collection, designed by Max Azria and his wife Lubov, emphasised geometric shapes, micro-pleats and panelled dresses.

The autumn/winter 2012 collection comprised mainly neutral tones, with injections of burgundy, mustard yellow and royal blue. There were also accents of orange, coral, purple and dark green.

A panelled trench coat in a combination of ivory, camel, tan and taupe was the first look for the show.

Held at the Lincoln Center, the opening show combined an unusual mix of fabrics, with patchwork-style garments paired with fur and finished with leather and embellished clutch handbags.

Accessories, jewellery and embellishments were sparse throughout the range, suggesting a simplistic and minimal look.

In a statement prepared for the media, the designers said they used the palette and textures "to add character".