New York Fashion Week Coverage: Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2014 Collection

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Max Azria has the Hervé Léger look down to a science, but this time he’s enhancing the brand’s DNA with an even more controlled approach to warrior-like garb.

Photo: Courtesy of GoRunway

The collection is overwhelmingly ferocious, with tough, gleaming leathers cut into skintight jackets or providing peplum-like pops on body-conscious dresses. Leather is even worked into the kicky pleats of Hervé Léger skirts, allowing for an alluring type of flounce that was welcome on these otherwise rigid looks. This was a collection that took cues from tribal- and exotic-pattern work and wove them into modern – even fetishistic – fashions. From lattice-like cutouts to cascading geometric prints, the visual magnetism of the presentation was strong, almost irresistible. The complicated arrangement of patterns eases up midway through the show and takes a turn toward abstraction with contrasting stripes bisecting the outfits, thereby tightening the reigns on an already skintight silhouette. From there, Azria begins to trace the stripes with rows of metal grommets, offering up texture alongside the patterns. This is fashion with a bite, and it takes a worldly urbanite to pull off style so viciously confident.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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