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Hervé Léger: Gladiator chic

A model walks the runway at the Herve

A model walks the runway at the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Sept. 13, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

It’s labels like Hervé Léger by Max Azria — with its signature, skin-tight bandage dresses — that keep Spanx in business. Each season, Azria churns out variations on a theme. A sexy, albeit your-body-better-be-perfect-if-you-really-want-to-wear-these-dresses-and-look-good, kind of theme. Yet for those lucky women whose figures oblige …or for those who’ve invested in Spanx…Azria offers a variety of fun cocktail dresses with a whiff of Western appeal, in dusty desert tones, all wrapped, woven, braided or fringed.

He did up metallics (gold and silver), but for our money, the rose gold was the richest and most eye-catching). And macramé (on shoulder straps and insets on hips). And beading (using seed beads to create Navajo-inspired prints).

If the gladiator sandal trend has been satisfying your inner Spartacus, you’ll love the boots that hit the runway — with lots of straps and lacing that went all the way to the knee.


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