December 07, 2010 New York
The ghost of Grace Kelly hovered over Max and Lubov Azria's pre-fall outing for Max Azria. Audrey Hepburn, too. The look they were after was "timeless elegance" of the lounging variety. In an interim season that finds designers showing bikinis alongside parkas, this collection seemed squarely aimed at early summer, when the clothes will hit stores. Riffing on the loose silhouettes they played with for Spring, the Azrias nipped and tucked the long lines of their earlier effort for a boxier, more separates-heavy range. (Several skirts and dresses, however, still did sweep the floor.) Wide, cropped pants and wrap dresses may not set the hearts of edgier dressers aflutter, but the Azrias' core demographic should find plenty to like in this languid collection.
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