4 posts tagged with Hervé Léger

In a criticism class that I took in college (yes, journalism school includes instruction on being effectively judgmental), we were taught that the best way to review anything is to decide what the artistic goals of the person who created it were, and then evaluate how well those goals were met. That way, the personal taste of the critic takes a back seat to the objective success of the person who created the work, and I shall try to do just that while writing about Herve Leger Fall 2011.

The prospect of reviewing a collection of bandage dresses was a bit puzzling even before the collection debuted earlier today, because it’s sort of like trying to establish the relative merits of your mom’s Thanksgiving turkey – you knew what was coming, you knew what it was going to taste like and getting anything different would have completely collapsed your worldview as you know it. Herve Leger means bandage dresses, whether you like it or not. (more…)

Herve Leger Crystal Clutch

Ever find yourself hearing about something that is ostensibly new, and then you have to go searching through the dark recesses of your brain, trying to figure out if you already knew about it? Maybe you just forgot? That’s the feeling that I get about the apparent new that Herve Leger bag line. Did I know about this already? The more I think about it, the more it sounds vaguely familiar, but I’m not sure. I’m also not sure how I feel about the Herve Leger Crystal Clutch. (more…)

Herve Leger 14First, let me just say this: I don’t need denim from Herve Leger.

Everyone else on the planet wants to sell me a pair of jeans or something else made out of the fabric, and I’m not that big of a jeans person in the first place. I was a little disappointed to see a brand known for sexy cocktail dresses present a patchwork denim jacket for Spring 2010 – what’s the point? Isn’t that a little bit like Valentino making a pair of sweatpants? Does it really have anything to do with the brand’s image?

And it’s unfortunate that when I think back to the show, those are the outfits that stand out in my mind, because there were actually some rather interesting things going on (well, as interesting as Leger and its creative director, Max Azria, get). We saw a lot more pattern this year than I can recall seeing from the brand in recent memory, and the sex appeal that they’re known for was at once amplified in shredded bandage dressed and toned down in more demure, less body-conscious silhouettes.

My favorites were the dresses that simultaneously hugged the models’ forms and floated away from the body, creating an interesting juxtaposition of the brand’s iconic imagery and the dessert scenes that inspired this particular set of clothing. If Azria had stuck with those ideas, he would have had me the entire way. Instead, he interspersed it occasionally with nonsensical patchwork denim, and those pieces couldn’t have turned me off more. I’m trying to focus on the positive, of which there definitely was some, but I hate it when a bad apple threatens to spoil the bunch. (more…)

It is a grey, grey nasty day here in Georgia. It’s been raining since I drove to work ay 7 am and it will continue to rain, it seems, until the gloom slowly kills me. So what’s the best way to cheer myself up? Fashion shows! We’ve done Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Hermes…but right now, I want to draw everyone’s attention to a smaller show: Hervé Léger by Max Azria.

The iconic Hervé Léger bandage dresses have been around for quite a while (finding one at a vintage store is a major core) but have experienced somewhat of a resurgence in popularity in the past year or two, with shapely young celebrities from Hayden Panettwhatserface to Kim Kardashian (we’ll leave an explanation of my bizarre love for Kim for another day…) wearing the brand, which is now fronted by Azria (of BCBG fame). (more…)

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