Who knew that something as iconic as the bandage dress could be remade in so many different ways? Hervé Léger designers Lubov and Max Azria, who have been showing the brand on the runways of New York Fashion Week since 2008, seem to have reinvented the dress in hundreds of new, sexy styles.
For spring 2016, the Azrias played with new silhouettes and proportions. Having seen all of their fashion week shows, it is the first time I recall that they have featured such a wide variety of pants, tunics, tiered skirts, and peplum tops in the tight fabric that usually wraps the body like a sausage casing.
In the latest collection, many of the looks flare away from the body or are embellished with ruffles, macramé, knotting, and intricate appliqué work, adding a textured edge.
Some dresses have long bell sleeves that nearly cover the hands while others feature cutouts at the shoulders or above the clavicle. One pink dress has no sleeve on one side and a long sleeve on the other.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brand, the Azrias closed the show with 30 looks from previous seasons, dating back to 2010 — all in shades of alabaster. Coming after so many new looks, the classic styles emphasize why the Hervé Léger legacy has been so popular.
It also serves as a reminder that perhaps it's not the best to veer too far away from a really good original idea.