NEW YORK—The Spring 2013 Hervé Léger collection by Max Azria was inspired by the remarkable women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and their artful quilt-making.
The collection was marked with embroidery, patchwork, color blocking, leather harnesses, and extremely intricate weaving of fabric as evidenced through his swimwear or “monokinis.”
I’m not sure the swimwear would hold up in water. However, they had a sultry, couture cut to be admired.
Most apparent was the feminine strength and power that he instilled in his designs.
The designer is known for his signature silhouettes and “bandage” designs that contour every body type from those with full curves to the more slender silhouette.
This year was no disappointment with neutral palettes, whites, steel blues, and the signature black. A stand-out design was his variation on the traditional “bandage” dress with a woven nude and cream long-sleeve dress with a tan leather corset belt and a slightly flared A-frame skirt.
The hair design was fresh with the models wearing a side part and a thin braid that encircled half their heads and then fell to straight hair.
Models wore shoes with black gladiator heels that added an edgy vibe to the collection.
BCBG (the collection showed on Thursday) and Hervé Léger are both owned by Max Azria. His wife, Lubov, who also designs for his labels, accompanied Azria onstage after the show to show their appreciate to the audience.
Front row celebrities included Daisy Fuentes, Leigh Lezark, Petra Nemcova, Louise Roe, and Jessica White.
Christine Beal Dunst is a freelance fashion, style, and entertainment writer who lives in Dumbo, Brooklyn.