Max Azria went for tough romanticism this season,
presenting a nearly all-white collection of sheer
overlays worn with plenty of defiant attitude.
Azria's program notes promised visions of Saint Tropez
and shades of the Riviera. In reality, the look was
reminiscent of Zandra Rhodes' decidedly urban slashed
handkerchief-point dresses. Fluid jerseys, supple
suedes, dip-dye leathers and lightweight cottons were
all layered, draped and wrapped asymmetrically.
Leather cutout bustiers, short fitted skirts and
skimpy crochet tops were all fun and youthful, though
not particularly original. A short denim suit and an
eggshell coat stood out as practical, everyday staples.
For his accessories, Azria reworked some of the most
important fall favorites, including long macramé belts
with streamers and western-inspired leather boots.