Season after season, designers Max and Lubov Azria find themselves faced with the challenge of updating those iconic Hever Leger bandage dresses without straying too far from the brand (and upsetting those die-hard Herve Leger fangirls). In February, we saw the Herve Leger girl gain street smarts. This time around, she's got a sporty vibe--as influenced by Lubov Azria, herself. "I've been training for a marathon happening in April so this was a natural fit for me," she told us backstage.
You’ll find them at every Herve Leger fashion week show: The fangirls (fan-women?) dressed to the nines in the house’s signature bandage dresses, sky high stilettos, cleavage up to their necks, big blowouts, and a full face of makeup. If the house that Max Azria built was spiritual, the Herve Leger show at Lincoln Center would be the ultimate pilgrimage. So who are these women who are neither editors nor buyers, stylists nor celebrities? They're the brand's most die-hard customers and they scoop up Herver Leger bandage dresses like they're just another venti soy latte from Starbucks.
Ponytails are the new braids. From New York all the way through Paris—the ponytail reigned supreme during the fall 2012 season. Obviously the pony is a perennial favorite, but it had a particularly strong showing this season. But the style can be more challenging to reproduce than it seems. On the catwalk, it’s a high-fashion look that reads casual and low-maintenance. But on the sidewalk, it has the potential to come across quite lackluster, horribly humdrum, and soccer mom-ish. That’s where we come in—a few of our favorite designers (in collaboration with their amazing runway hair stylists) have found easy and interesting ways to retell the age-old pony tale. Here, ten quick tips for the prettiest, fashion-forward, DIY ponies ever, straight from the fall 2012 runways.
Happy Sunday! Check out Erin by Erin Fetherston's enchanted forest, Lacoste's sleek ski-bunnies, Jill Stuart's groovy rocker chicks, and Herve Leger'
Just when you think that skin-tight, respiratory constricting and strategically cut-out bandage dresses by Hervé Léger by Max Azria can’t possibly get any more suggestive, fall 2012 comes along. Two words for you: bondage and harnesses. Every single look that came down the runway was accessorized with some sort of strappy, buckled leather harness, be it waist-whittling corset belts, strapped-in vests, full-on bondage gear and in one instance a skirt-type contraption, which kind of hinted at a chastity belt but, then again, not really.
I decided to enter the New Yorker cartoon caption contest for the first time this week (cross your fingers for "Shut up, Kim Kardaspian"!) which got
America's Next Top Model reject Fatima Siad is Hervé Léger's mane (see what we did there?) chick, while Karlie Kloss smolders with sweet ferocity for
Kanye West's Spring 2012 collection has already been criticized for many things, one of them being a lack of originality. One of the first tweets from inside the exclusive Paris show was from Jessica Michault (of the Times and International Herald Tribune) who said, "I think that every one of the designers sitting in the front row at Kanye West must have had a deja vue moment at some point during the show." Ouch. Though, Michault does have a point. From Alexander Wang to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen to Azzedine Alaia, the designers West chose to have in his front row, it seemed, were ones he is inspired by. So we dug up past looks--mostly fall 2011--from those designers, plus a couple of others, that looked eerily similar to the ones West showed on saturday. Click through and tell us if you agree.
More shows and reviews are up on our Fashion Week page, from Preen's pixelated patchwork, and Hervé Léger's bandage dresses (were you expecting somet
Before we even got inside the tents we knew we were at a Hervé Léger show from the bevy of ladies sporting the label's signature skintight dresses--probably not the most appropriate attire in the daytime, but then again, it's hard to tell during Fashion Week. Actually, we've never seen more Hervé Léger dresses in the daytime before since...well, ever. But there's a reason so many attendees (non-industry, it should be said) showed up wearing the label's duds--something, much more rare than say, at a Proenza Schouler show. Hervé Léger has stumbled on a formula that works, or should we say, a formula that sells--and the label, designed by Max and Lubov Azria, has never strayed far from it, producing season after season of skintight bandage dresses.
You didn't think a day could go by without a major fashion brand losing its creative director, did you? We have it confirmed that Marie Mazelis, formerly the creative director at Herve Leger and Max Azria, is no longer with the company. We received an anonymous tip over the weekend saying she quit for unknown reasons and that her New York runway show may be cancelled. BCBG Max Azria Group's vice president of public relations sent us the following official statement:
The Hervé Léger show feels more like going to a rock concert than a fashion show. Showgoers are like groupies who all wear their concert tees (read: bandage dresses) to see their favorite designer live. This season, Max Azria's crafted "inimitable suit[s] of armor." The signature body-con dresses were in a neutral palette of beige, brown, black and white but adorned with gold hardware, silver chain, and leather harnesses. And while there were plenty of skin tight silhouettes, a flouncy A-line skirt was introduced to the mix, and there were even, gasp, a few pairs of pants. Max Azria front row pet Leigh Lezark was there, as was Karolina Kurkova, looking stunning as usual.