New York Fashion Week Coverage: Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2015 Collection

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Although history has hardly been kind to the fairer sex, there are many examples of strong women who defied the traditional gender roles of their era to become present-day role models. For Spring/Summer 2015, Max and Lubov Azria imagined the lives of onna-bugeisha, an incredible group of female warriors who were trained with and fought alongside samurais.

To that end, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection from Hervé Léger by Max Azria is rife with Japanese references, like kimono sleeves and obi belts. Although the samurai sword-wielding heroines of the 17th century were the collection’s starting point, the Azrias eschewed traditional looks and opted instead for body-conscious silhouettes, tough corset details, and contoured lines etched into their bandage dresses with strips of leather and rows of tiny sequins. While it might seem tricky to navigate a staple look (body-conscious dresses) through new waters every season, the Azrias tend to have more than enough talent to pull it off. The hourglass silhouette of the collection is nothing new, but the look of the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 presentation is enticing and confident. You’ll feel confident too in the metal-flecked frocks and two-piece separates – as confident as an onna-bugeisha rushing fearlessly into battle.

Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree

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