“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” must be the overriding guide each season for Max and Lubov Azria, whose collections for Hervé Léger by Max Azria, but for some added embellishments and a few tweaks, stay pretty much the same — over and over and over again. But the label has its fans — lots of them — who show up wearing those superskinny, supershort bandage-type dresses that are unflattering on almost anyone not hired to walk the runway.
The change-ups — handwoven macramé knotting, textured jacquards, appliqués and studded woven pleather — did give the silhouette some richer dimensions this season. But the core redundancy was underscored by a 30-piece, retrospective (2009 to the present), all-white finale, which could just as easily have been a restrained segment of this collection.
That said, there were a few terrific flippy (only at the hemline) dresses, especially a French-blue A-line look with bead and knotting detail and the rose textured jacquard dress with foil and macramé embellishment. The latter, unfortunately, was worn over pants, as were many of the dresses shown. Which begs the question, why?