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Max Azria on the stress of Fashion Week

Designer Max Azria backstage before his Herve Leger

Designer Max Azria backstage before his Herve Leger New York Fashion Week show in Manhattan. (Feb. 9, 2013) Credit: Nina Ruggiero

While one Fashion Week show is stressful enough, husband and wife designers Lubov and Max Azria put on two each February and September for their brands, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger.

"The important thing is that the people like it," Max Azria told Newsday as he prepared to debut the Herve Leger Fall 2013 collection at Lincoln Center on Saturday.

"There's much more embroidery, much more print," he said of the new collection. "We have leggings, jackets . . . I think the sensibility is very deep."

Azria seemed cool and collected, giving his wife a kiss for the cameras and hanging out with model Coco Rocha and actress Sami Gayle, but he said Fashion Week does take a toll on his nerves.

"It's very stressful," he said. "I probably lose minimum seven to 10 pounds before the shows."

After both shows are over, Azria said he would relax, go to his after party, and then head home to Los Angeles.

But how will he gain back the weight he lost?

"Spaghetti," he said with a smile. 

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