With the standard Hervé Léger mantra intact — leave no curve behind — the Fall 2013 collection presented an irreverent mix of dresses and separates as sexy as they were sporty. Sure, Max and Lubov Azria may have drawn upon the opulence of nature and the works of French artist couple Les Lalanne, a fact supplied by the show notes, but the most apparent point made in this collection was its departure from the overtly sexy tough-girl references. Dresses were cut tight at the knee or, even better, tailored in flouncier fit-and-flares, then paired over leggings. Luxurious fox-fur hooded coats came storming down the runway, all with subtle sheer details. And harnesses still had a place in the Léger collection, they just didn't have quite the same edged-up effect. Instead, it was all about the chic baseball cap this season. The collection called for a sexiness defined by strategic sheer detailing and feminine shapes. See how Léger Fall 2013 did it — keep clicking.
Fashion reporter Allison McNamara went backstage before BCBG's Fall 2013 show to catch up with Lubov and Max Azria. When it came to the season's design inspiration, Lubov revealed that a trip to Istanbul and the works of graffiti artist Phil Frost were largely at play. Find out what Max had to say about his own inspiration, Fall's color palette, and the trick to getting your Winter layers just right — all this when you press "play."
The effortless hair and makeup at BCBG Max Azria's Fall 2013 show was a casual-cool look any girl can pull off. The whole collection was inspired by Istanbul, which translated to a sexy mix of downtown cool with a little Middle Eastern influence for both the hair, by Bumble and Bumble's Laurent Philippon, and makeup, by Val Garland for Sephora Pro.
The look: Bronzed skin, smoky eyes, and sideswept hair topped with a hat.
The inspiration: Grunge meets Istanbul.
The color scheme: Browns and neutral tones.
Max and Lubov Azria brought a taste of the American South to New York Fashion Week with a Spring 2013 collection inspired by the famous quilters of Gee's Bend, AL. The first few models, clad in geometric-patterned bandage dresses, walked down the runway in the humid show space to pounding harmonica music. An earthy color palette of whites, browns, blacks, and pale and dark blues formed the shapes and stripes on many of the dresses; others were interlaid with chains or detailed passementerie embroidery. Overwhelmingly, the collection's message was about women's power, and the Azrias drove the point home by pairing a few dresses with sculptural leather harnesses.
Inspired by a Southern — Gee's Bend, AL, to be exact — design aesthetic of embroidery, ornate patchwork, and quilting appliqué, Hervé Léger served up a fresh batch of supersexy body-con silhouettes for Spring 2013. And this time around, Max and Lubov Azria's unforgiving formfitting dresses, sent out to a soundtrack of high-energy harmonica music, conveyed one palpable message: women's power. For each geometric pattern-enhanced or striped bandage iteration, there was a strong, sculptural leather harness, chain, or embellished stud and tassel detail to go with. Thus, the combined force of skin-baring wares — there were even some monokinis spotted — and overtly bold add-ons provided the audience with a feeling that this Spring, no one would be messing around with the Hervé Léger girl. Get our trend breakdown below, then click on for the complete Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2013 collection.
- Trends: Strength within details (studding, harnesses, and chains), body-con silhouettes, and trumpet hems.
- Colors: A muted palette of earthy tones mixed with navy blues and black.
- Key Piece: The nude vertically-striped trumpet hem dress that exudes equal parts sexy and flirty.
- Accessories: Gladiator-inspired peep-toe sandals, wide leather cummerbund belts, harnesses, minaudières, and patent leather portfolio clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: The girl with nothing to hide — she's got to be confident and ready to show some curves. We're thinking Eva Longoria and Bar Refaeli would look stun-ning in these Spring '13 pieces.
We kicked off our NYFW backstage designer interviews with none other than BCBG's Max Azria! The Fashion Week veteran told us the four biggest colors to look for next Spring — so keep your eyes out for anything black, white, blue, or pink. Max found inspiration from black and white films and femme fatales, which explains the color motif and the bondage-inspired harnesses that were present in the collection. We also found out what he'd be doing if he wasn't creating clothes. Find out this and a whole lot more in today's Fab Flash.
Jet-setting escapes along the Tuscan coast — and in particular, those captured by the likes of Juergen Teller and Slim Aarons in the photo tome Hotel Il Pellicano — were the starting point for Lubov and Max Azria's transportive Resort 2013 collection. The result is a vacationer's dream wardrobe: superbreezy, bright, and full of pieces that will go from poolside to town with ease. Dresses, caftans, pants, and shorts are cut in easy, fluid fabrics, and for those who like a little adventure, nearly everything comes adorned with exotic prints, intricate lace, and ethnic-inspired embroidery.
Sometimes we love it when celebs forgo feminine frocks and wear fashionable suits for a borrowed-from-the-boys look. These 26 celebs switched up the norm by donning fresh suits — both with trousers and shorts — at premieres, parties, and other fabulous events. Some looked totally office appropriate in classic cuts, while others were ready to party in bold patterns and colors. Whether you prefer a monochromatic look like Taylor Schilling in a blue Elizabeth and James number and Heidi Klum in red or love a bold pattern like Alexa Chung, you will definitely stand out in the crowd with any of these looks. Step inside to see 26 A-listers rocking menswear-inspired suits, then shop our widgets to find the perfect mix just for you.
Hervé Léger reinvents the bandage dress each season, and for Fall, Lubov Azria looked to equestrians for inspiration. We caught up with the designer backstage, where she told us how Rachel Zoe helped ignite Hollywood's obsession with Hervé Léger's signature bandage dress. But designing isn't Lubov's only talent; we found out a few tricks she's hiding up her sleeve. Watch our entire interview now, and check out the full runway here. On Allison McNamara: American Apparel top. Hair and Makeup courtesy of Kérastase.
Taking us beyond the label's bandage dress, Max Azria delivered his signature sexy with rich equestrian details and a new sense of strength for Fall. For every curve-conscious silhouette, the strapped bodices and gladiator-inspired footwear counter with militant, almost dominatrix-feeling toughness. If it takes a confident woman to pull off Léger's more typical body-con wear, for this season's offerings — complete with leather harnesses and fur detailing — only the fiercest of fashion enthusiasts need apply.
- Trends: Fetish, harnesses, leather, fur.
- Colors: Black, white, nude, burgundy.
- Key Piece: The white maxi paired with the fur-trimmed black leather harness.
- Accessories: Slick mirrored clutches, gladiator-style knee-high boots with shin guards, open-toe ankle boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Hervé's fans; the risk-taker with a taste for sexier fare.