As of late, Max and Lubov Azria have been making very precise, clean statements with all of their lines. Today they stayed true to recent form with a collection that took classic menswear codes and refined them into sleek womenswear silhouettes.
Tailoring was a big part of the story, and as on other runways this week, there were some terrific coats. These varied from the neat little belted herringbone number that opened the show to a hooded wool cape with a leather buckle to a sharp-shouldered glossy "mud fur" coat in inky black and an oversize utility coat with lush cordovan leather trim.
Tactile pieces like lizard-embossed leather and faux-fur skirts and a few chunky knits stood out. And it was a welcome moment when the Azrias turned up the sex appeal with a slightly edgy black grouping punctuated by a pair of bright pleated shift dresses. After all, the reality is that women cannot live by menswear alone.