Max Azria’s Herve Leger show was a model magnet, a truth evident on both on the runway and in the front row. Before we even got a glance at our programs, we spotted Selita Ebanks, Jessica White, Claudia Mason, and Sparkle Sterling (to name a few) attempting to stay poised for the photogs amidst the bubbling, anticipatory excitement in the packed theater at Lincoln Center.
The spotlight shifted and we were instantaneously blown away by the newcomer, Gertude Hegelund, in a gold foil bandage peplum dress with knee-high, cut-out gladiator boots. This opening piece set the stage for an entire collection of architectural pieces – the Herve Leger body-hugging lines we’ve come to love and covet, punctuated by shimmering metallic hardware, textural fringe, and intricate beading with macramé.
More seasoned players also graced the runway, including Frida Gustavsson, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Ruby Aldridge, and Sara Blomqvist all sporting a spectrum of killer looks, aesthetics ranging from soft and ethereal to bold and rocker chic.
Frida floated down in a barely-there nude bandage dress while Jacquelyn was the paradigm of power feminine in a black play suit and gladiator boots. Ruby heated things up in a port jacquard stunner and Sara brought it full circle in a multi basket weave curve-hugger – what will be undoubtedly be gracing the red carpet at premiers and celeb heavy events to come.
Hair and make-up was minimal and natural, which seems to be a theme for this upcoming season. It’s a return to the primal components; fashion and the models that bring the looks to life. Following suit, Gertrude wrapped the show in a platinum white bandage mini with silver detailing and a goddess train - Simple, yet dynamic. We started off hungry for amazing clothes on amazing models and we left wholly satiated on both fronts.