Season after season, the team at Hervé Léger by Max Azria
label's signature body-con dresses and proves that there are infinite
ways to wrap a bandage. Backstage before the show, designer Lubov Azria
explained that the latest Spring batch was inspired by the quilts of
Gee's Bend, a rural community in Alabama whose women have developed a
distinct style of traditional patchworking over the past two centuries.
The influence gave the collection an added dimensionality seen in
geometric patterns and passementerie appliqué details. Look 21, a
mauve-colored mini with a scalloping halter neckline and sapphire blue
embroidery, best exemplified the new experimentation with texture here.
Elsewhere, kicky flared numbers featured basketwoven strips interlaced
with silver chains that glinted on the runway, and sexy cutout maillot
playsuits were intended for the toned and the brave. Harnesses accented
each of the stretchy looks. Some of this was familiar territory, but
those aforementioned textured pieces kept the lineup fresh.