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Max Azria finds many ways to make a bandage dress
How to make a chic bandage dress? Let Max Azria count the (many, many) ways
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' How many ways can you make a bandage dress?

Judging from Tuesday's Herve Leger show at New York Fashion Week, there seems no limit to the variations designer Max Azria can come up with for his signature fitted silhouettes.

Azria presented 30 of them at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents, including one long gown, in white, and one intriguingly titled "playsuit" ' a sort of bathing suit but not, leading one to wonder exactly what one might do in a "playsuit."

But never mind! Back to the dresses, which came in mostly neutrals, and black of course ' enhanced by effects like gold or silver foil.

There were peplum dresses, with a ruffle at the bottom, and dresses with braiding. One highlight: a black bandage macrame dress. A few of the dresses came adorned with metal quills, and a few others with lovely all-over beading. Still, it was the last two designs, in pure white, that were perhaps the nicest.

And let's not forget the feet: Many eyes in the crowd were fixed on the to-die-for gladiator boots, in all sorts of hues, that came clicking down the runway.

Some prominent Azria fans were on hand to witness his new creations: Ashlee Simpson, LeAnn Rimes and actor Thomas Jane of HBO's "Hung" among them.

The designer's aim for his spring collection, according to his company's notes, was to "evoke the signature couture techniques to convey a story of architectural and indigenous opulence."

"Weaving, braiding, macrame and fringe awaken the senses and seduce," it said.

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