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.