Herve Leger: From Shoulder to Hips

Herve Leger's Max Azria gifted Godiva chocolates to his front row Valentines. There were young TV starlets like Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr in a sexy
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Herve Leger's Max Azria gifted Godiva chocolates to his front row Valentines. There were young TV starlets like Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr in a sexy
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Herve Leger's Max Azria gifted Godiva chocolates to his front row Valentines. There were young TV starlets like Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr in a sexy black number, seated next to a coiffed Sophia Bush in a short, sparkly Leger cocktail dress. The photogs went crazy for Tinsley, who flipped her blond locks and posed in a flattering bright red Leger frock.

MisShapes' Leigh Lazark was in the front too (though I kinda wish she was in the DJ booth instead to fire up a bland soundtrack). Leigh's friend tiny Tavi was apparently in attendance too, but since she came sans-turban this time I missed her.

When the lights went up, it was clear that body-con is anything but gone. The models stomped out like sullen robot soldiers, sporting low ponies and cherry pouts that Suri Cruise would have adored.

Last season's prominent Leger shoulder gave way this time to volume packed onto the hips: layers of ruffles were a fixture on many of the dresses, giving the strapless looks in particular a nice silhouette. The color scheme was largely anochromatic--lots of nude, charcoal gray, black and ivory, save for the final few looks which were perked up with bright neon accents.

Like basically everyone else this season, Azria used velvet (sorry, Britt!!) and lace as a way to update his collection, which unsurprisingly, was comprised mostly of his iconic bandage dresses. Just to prove that he's not totally one-note, though, Azria added a couple of bandage pants. Think equestrian meets Spanx.

A black bandage and metallic knit asymmetrical dress that was smack dab in the middle of the collection immediately reminded me of a Balmain dress from Fall '08, but I *almost* liked it better thanks to a long sleeve. Necks craned for a futuristic black and neon pink enamel-beaded bandage dress.