The Darker Side of Life

New York…Max Azria

With a F/W 09 collection that “explores the ethereal seduction of the dark side,” a palette of moonless night, antique white, and aubergine emerged. Perhaps Azria was channeling Joan of Arc with billowing dresses in crêpe and velvet along with full-length leather gloves, evoking her crusading days. An ethereal lightness came through with translucent silks and laces on broad shouldered blouses. “We fell in love with a piece of lace,” Lubov said of her inspiration, which appeared as trim on dresses along with tops that were layered under sleeveless-tuxedo jackets. Zippered velvet leggings and platform biker booties added to this rough yet refined look.


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