The strength of Hervé Léger’s extremely hot bandage dress has gained instant recognition over the years. Designers Max and Lubov Azria stayed fairly classic with their color palette for their Fall 2011 collection – beige, nude, sand, black, chocolate brown, and cream – allowing for the major hardware on display to do the talking. The Azrias describe the Fall 2011 collection as “an inimitable suit of armor,” in reference to their usage of gold and silver hardware. Dresses and gowns are striped with gold rectangles sewn in between bands of material, and covered with buckle rings and chains woven into the fabric. The collection is refreshingly different and worth every penny…if you have a lot of them.
Other items in the collection feature chunky gold hardware, silver chains, leather studs or cut-out detailing. Bandage dresses are staples at this point and always will be. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to come across a red carpet or go to a New York hot spot without spotting at least a handful of Herve Leger looks.
Clockwise from top left: Corie Houndstooth Jacquard Dress $4,500.00, Gwen Houndstooth Jacquard Dress $4,500.00, Giuliana A-Line Dress $2,800.00, Meredith Houndstooth A-Line Skirt $1,490.00.
It’s that time of year again, where women hit the gym hard in anticipation of wearing the ultimate summer garment-the swimsuit. The trend in swimsuits this Spring/Summer 2011 is not the one piece or bikini, but rather, the monokini.
The monokini takes its design from the bikini, and is also described as “more of a cut-out one-piece swimsuit.” with designers using fabric, mesh, chain, or other materials to link the top and bottom sections together, though the appearance may not be functional, but rather only aesthetic.
Rudi Gernreich was the inventor of the original 1964 monokini which, while astoundingly controversial, was technically nothing more than a one-piece cut off just below the bust with a couple of supporting straps.
Be sure to wear loads of sunscreen when wearing a monokinin…or you’ll be in for a tan-line surprise!
(Clockwise from top left) Beach Escape Monokini, $19.80 www.forever21.com, Floral Splatter Monokini, $19.80 www.forever21.com, Herve Leger $890.00 www.neimanmarcus.com, Herve Leger Bandage $780 www.neimanmarcus.com.
To some the nude and white color trend could be classified as ho hum, dull, BORING!; especially in a season where colors are their brightest and patterns their boldest.
But hey, you can’t have ying without yang, or Badgley without Mischka. Spring’s colors wouldn’t be so bright without the nudes and whites of the world to compare them to.
Clockwise from top left: TKees Leather Sandal $46.00 available at Chelsea Brentwood (310)471-4770. Creme Fraiche Mackenzie Short and Blouse $112.00 and $118.00 available at Chelsea Brentwood (310)471-4770. Valencia Tote $95.00 http://www.madimports.com. Burnout Dolma Top $13.50 www.forever21.com. Herve Ledger Nude Bandage Dress $1,150.00 www.bloomingdales.com. Tart Metallic Jacket $198 available at Chelsea Brentwood (310)471-4770.