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July 31 2014

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Max Azria: Dance, Drape, Dinner

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Instead of throwing a big, loud party where nobody can hear anybody else over the tracks some celebrity DJ is blasting, designer Max Azria and his wife/creative designer, Lubov, held a post collections sit-down dinner at Mr. Chow. At the head table sat Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, Gossip Girl star Michelle Trachtenberg, and lovely Zoe Saldana, who is to play the character of Commander Uhura in next year’s Star Trek movie. “I’ve been working nonstop for the last two years with James Cameron and J.J. Abrams and they finally gave me a break so my agent could bring me here to fashion week and I could lend support to fellow artists in a different field other than Hollywood,” she said. Lubov Azria said she’d also been struck by some pan-artistic inspiration for this season’s Max Azria collection: Martha Graham. “I used to dance ballet with the Kirov,” she reminded us. “So dance has always been a part of my life and the movement of clothes.” She said her design team started by watching footage of the company in motion before moving on to a color palette and yards of fabric. “And then we started draping like mad!”

Photo: Shawn Ehlers/WireImage

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