NEW YORK, Feb 13, 2009 / FW/ — Max Azria did was he does best, beautifully draped silk-jersey dresses in muted chartreuse, lavender, and crème.
The thing that made this collection different was the lack of symmetry and feminine frills we’re used to seeing in his silhouettes. It’s interesting that one of his inspirations was the desire to emphasize constructivism when the most prominent trend was fluidity.
One material we’re not particularly fond of, especially in evening wear, is brushed velvet. He was, perhaps, trying to modernize the material with the construction of the dresses, but the velvet dated them instead. He accessorized with modern touches like platform heels and Lucite jewel-box clutches.
The collection was very commercial but also explored new trends we haven’t seen from Max Azria. He managed to maintain his reputation for being the go-to guy for uber feminine designs even as the lines between masculinity and femininity become more and more blurred each season.
[LINDSAY McCALLUM and ANNIE KREIGHBAUM]
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week