Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. Herve Leger’s Industrial Revolution

September 13, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

Summary: The resident expert on foil and hardware, Herve Leger by Max Azria proved that mixed metals are in for spring ’12. Centered around an architectural and almost industrial theme  (Azria cites the ‘Golden Age of Americana’ in the program), indeed many of the signature bandage dresses did embody a sort of machine-like quality to them. Rope braiding, a trend that showed up on many runways this season, wove it way up and around the body-hugging pieces, becoming a sort of vertebrate for the ensemble and looking kind of alien in nature. My favorite pieces were the mid-show multi dresses with all over “seeding”. The tribal and chevron patterns channeled a Native American vibe that looked innovative and may very well have been a tip of the hat to another point on America’s timeline. And while most of the dresses did look somewhat the same, Azria’s details on each were varied – some sported cut outs and one shoulders while others boasted halters and criss-crossing straps. But overall, an industrial flair flourished turning metallic fabrics into machinery, punctuated by gilded hardware like nuts and bolts.

 Colors: gold foil, toffee, silver foil, vapor, rose gold, black, nude, alabaster foil, black/multi, nude/multi, multi, port, gunmetal, corozo, ice, white

Fabrics and Textures: macrame, braiding, suede, quills, jacquard, seed, basket weave, fringe, foil

Key Looks: silver foil bandage dress, vapor gladiator boot, black bandage dress with metal quills, black/multi jacquard dress with allover seeding, black/metallic suede novelty jacket, white bandage fringe dress, nude bandage peplum dress, white bandage gown

-Alia Rajput

Photos: NY Mag

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