Herve Leger is practically synonymous with the bandage dress, and I've already raved (on more than one occasion) how thankful I am for these glorious body-con creations that are deep in sex appeal but low on the skank factor. But when you're so good (and I mean REALLY good) at doing one thing, how do you change it up without changing it altogether? This is the inevitable challenge that designers Max and Lubov Azria face each season -- and that keeps fans of the label waiting with bated breath, simultaneously hoping the bandage dress isn't a thing of the past and longing for something that hasn't been done before. Not ones to easily disappoint, the duo turned it out in their Spring 2014 collection with looks that are a fresh take on the signature Herve Leger style.
The Spring 2014 collection promised to be heavy on separates and we saw them used in more ways than one. The dichotomy of a midriff-bearing long-sleeved top over a matching skirt is perfect for Spring and is still reminiscent of the classic body-con silhouette. A graphic print halter over shorts was a carryover from the Fall 2013 theme. But besides just using separates in classical "tops and bottoms" definition, we saw Herve Leger introduce a whole new genre of pieces that were more "bondage" than "bandage": leather corset belts and harnesses. This borderline S&M-inspired influence may sound too aggressive for Spring but paired over intricate prints, delicate halters, and transparent panels the overall result is as feminine as it is edgy. An even more feminine twist to the collection was the adaptation of the bandage dress into flirty, flared skirts.
Herve Leger also turned up the use of zippers this season. In some pieces they served to make the body-con form more versatile, creating silhouettes that can be modified by pulling up or down. In others they were used to create ruffles and seams in a way that's playfully suggestive. And they were totally on trend when carried over into swimwear, making it possible to create more sophisticated -- and dead sexy -- shapes.