I spotted Mickey Rourke sitting across the way. What he was doing checking out a fashion show, I don’t know, but since his roles in Sin City and The Wrestler, he’s definitely become a man on the pulse, and I can only assume it had to do with getting some. But who am I to say who should or should not be at a fashion show? Maybe the guy really likes dresses.
Compared to the looks presented in Max Azria’s other lines, BCBG, and Hervé Léger, his eponymous collection Max Azria, was quite minimalist in both color and shape, and the designs instead stood out due to simple cut outs, distressing and embellishment. As the collection came out, I found myself pleasantly surprised with the across the board use of neutral colors, and loved how the sophisticated and simple pieces were slashed or slightly deconstructed as was stated in the program, “to reveal the understated beauty of clean lines and sleek sophistication.”
I also loved the incredible separates presented, their slouchy fall combined with strong large gaping pockets provided a lovely contrast that I could see working for consumers in a professional setting (well, maybe not the one slashed across the chest), a dinner date, or for a night out on the town.
As the show progressed, the simple peek-a-boo pieces, and the sophisticated beaded dresses continued to interest me, but I feel like there were some missteps with the inclusion of the gauzy caged items, (the grey dress below on the right excluded) because I don’t see them really working anywhere except on the runway, or in an editorial shoot, or a Rihanna video. Following the caged looks, were some mottled grey, shredded dresses, reminiscent of the bandage trend we’ve been seeing a lot recently, except instead of tight bandages, the models appeared to be draped in actual layered stringy gauze. Check out the video below for the finale runway walk to see the outfits in action.
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