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>> First, let me just say that I am a big proponent of the bandage dress, so I was really curious to see what Max Azria had in store for us at Herve Leger, ten years after he bought the label.

Clearly Mr. Azria grappled with how to make the Herve Leger legacy his own; his answer was to add a lot of feathers, ribbons, and prints on top of the bandage dresses, which just ended up looking like too much.  He even tried working with woven knit pieces made to mimic the bandages, but again, the vision fell a little short.

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I prefer a pared-down version of the bandage dress, one that works with the patterns of the bandages across the body — because, really, it is all about the va-va-voom factor.  There were plenty of streamlined looks towards the end of the showing, thank goodness, because what I thought was going to be the final look, Lily Donaldson's peach princess gown, appeared more Project Runway and less professional design (save the feathered cape — that was cool).  But I ended up leaving the show jonesing for a Leger dress, so I guess Max did his job.

As a sidebar, Catherine McNeil was the only one with what you might refer to as "cleavage" in the show  — an interesting decision by casting to go for hipbone rather than breast, at Leger of all shows.

And for comparison's sake, the Leger of old (circa 1993):

**images: getty

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