Did someone say bondage, corsets, harnesses, fierce, Alexander McQueen? It looks like Max Azria took some lessons from the master of bondage and fashion. McQueen left some pretty big shoes to fill and Sarah Burton is busy dressing princesses, so it seems natural someone might take up the slack. Whatever the reason, we are all about this new, less body con (not that there weren’t bandage dresses) more gladiator look. The harness corsets were the main topic of conversation through the entire show. This is the 2nd season for Max Azria and leather corsets and harnesses. This collection was actually a tone down from the look for Fall 2012. The color palette was more monochrome and the patterns were a little (no a lot) more geometric. Then there were these direct takes from the McQueen library of crazy, swirly, butterfly, metamorphism. The detail was not as intense as McQueen designs, but the similarity is definitely there. Max even slipped in a few swimsuits that would make any gladiator blush. The sandals, also a tone down from the knee high strapped numbers from Fall, were deliciously spike heeled and dangerously cut out. They also brought many sighs. Azria’s shoe designer is from Italy, so he knows his buisness. Our favorite looks were the softer side of Hervé Léger by Max Azria, something that say, Lubov might wear. Always smiling, always ready to talk about his designs, this design team (Lubov, his wife is an amazing organizer) is so well loved that we drink the Max Azria juice and are perfectly happy with what he says is next.
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