Byline: Katherine Weisman

PARIS — New pieces, new colors, new patterns, new shapes — that’s what French designer Herve Leger has added to Wolford’s collection for fall.
The designer’s main contribution can be seen in seven product groupings within the Trendsetter range. Most groups include legwear, tops, bodysuits, skirts, dresses and catsuits. Fabrics range from a Spiderman-like Epsilon group featuring color checks to the shimmery Stardust collection made with soft glitter yarn.
Trendsetter tights average $42 at retail, skirts are roughly $150 and tops range from $175 to $250.
Leger, who has an informal agreement with Wolford to lend his creative eye to the product range, but who does not design the entire collection, also brought more fashion colors to the overall Wolford line, including warm tones of aubergine and brown. In addition, he tweaked details like collar shapes and ribbing.
“It’s a wonderful collaboration with Wolford. The change here is that we use their wonderful technology and know-how and develop it for other products,” Leger said Friday. “In Trendsetter, each group has pieces that can work as a total look, but can also be mixed with what a customer might already have.”
Separately, Leger, who was ousted about a year ago from the Max Azria-owned house that bears his name, is preparing a comeback with a mid-April opening of a boutique in the Saint Germain des Pres section of Paris. The soon-to-be-named store and label will feature Leger’s designs for knits, eveningwear and swimsuits.

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