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HERVE LEGER F/W 2009


Photos courtesy of Jay Gambino Esparza & the Fashion Spot forums.

Since acquiring the Hervé Léger Label in 1998, the craze over the” bandage dress” has only continued to escalate in popularity with each successive year.

So what can one do to a dress that can do no wrong? Well, Lubov and Max Azria decided to employ the “if it isn’t broke, just embellish it” approach, and infused their Hervé Léger F/W ’09 Collection with novelty trims and inserted various fabric panels in the midst of the elastic knit to give it a fresh feel for fall. 

For the inspiration of the new additions to this “seamingly” perfect dress, the Azrias wanted to infuse the collection “with the beat of urban tribes” and looked to tribal Africa for its color palette which consisted of okras, greens, browns, and blacks.

Add to that modern animal skin print/jacquard paneling, the beautiful adaptations of white tribal body paint that graced a few pieces, as well as the built-out, and up, warrior shoulder details – and one couldn’t help but feel this fresh beat.


Another interesting first for the Léger mark was the braided chiffon with shirring radiating from the center front of dresses and tops – what Léger lady wouldn’t want one (or all) of these?? 

As the last model made her exit and the Azrias took their much deserved bow, they had convinced every present and future Hervé Léger woman that this is definitely a tribe they would want to be a part of.