Hervé Léger by Max Azria Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on February 09, 2014

Nobody does “Do me” looks – and by that we mean, looks that inspire an insane level of “I’m so freaking hot; everybody look at me” in the wearer – quite like the Herve Leger brand, which offered up its trademark body-conscious aesthetic in this collection, with a light sprinkling of kink and a metric tonne of glam. Since we’re big proponents of sashaying through the day like everyone wants you, we can’t hate. It takes a certain kind of gal to want to wear these clothes, and for that gal, Herve Leger sits high on the list of her go-to designers. We’re not too keen on the cutouts (which is par for the course with us), but we like the belts and leather touches, which give things a bit of an edge. We also like the streamer skirts, which surprise us. They provided a slight “cheerleader” vibe to play against the dominatrix one.






[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • alyce1213

    I like the gold and ivory geometric dress with the fluffy white coat and not much else.
    The easy-access thoracic surgery dresses are tacky and ugly. I don’t like his edges, it’s all so hard sell.
    Not a fan. Never was. Probably never will be.

    • leahpapa

      Took the words right off my keyboard. Cringing with each scroll down, I kept anticipating future cringes when we’re treated to whatever little try-hards attempt to pull these off on the RC. Yuck.

      • Anna

        I predict Kanye West’s fiancee will be photographed struggling with a stroller in any number of the midriff-baring ones.

        • Evan

          Yes, we should all just start referring to her as “Kanye West’s fiancee.” Normally I wouldn’t refer to a woman as a man’s spouse/partner/whatever, but in this case, she’s clearly hasn’t done anything to merit mentioning her by name and you know how much that would annoy her, so thanks for that!

        • H2olovngrl

          The belly buttons took it a bridge too far for me.

    • filmcricket

      That was my favourite piece too.

    • decormaven

      That ensemble is number 16, yes? My favorite as well. The others suffer from too many cutouts.

  • Never been a Leger fan, really. Nearly every piece here looks to have at least one too many things going on. I absolutely get that that is part of teh aesthetic, here, but it doesn’t thrill me.

    • Evan

      If I’m not mistaken, he doesn’t design these collections though, right? Wasn’t he bought out or something and designs under a different name now?

      • It’s Max Azria now, isn’t it? Herve has another name & label I think.

        • Evan

          Yeah Pretty sure

    • A lot of it looks like “I am wearing a fancy and very expensive girdle.”

      • FrigidDiva

        Or “designer ace bandage”.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, most everything is too over done but I want the white fitted (of course) jacket with the silver studs. It is the most covered up piece in the collection.

  • Ceur

    Tacky. I totally get his customer and I hate her style. The peek-a-boo-belly-button-dress is a particular masterpiece of tackyness.

    • leahpapa

      If you look at the bandages dresses on Rent the Runway, the user-submitted pics are almost uniformly for occasions in Vegas. The designs strike me as generically sexual without much in the way of wit or personality.

    • Aurumgirl

      Inspired, I’m guessing, by those horrific “prom dress catalogue” dresses that were clingy but featured a cut out for a big, pregnant belly.

  • I really love the bandage jacket. In a colour other than blush, and with jeans it’d be a great street look.

  • MilaXX

    I was prepared to hate this collection but I don’t. I dislike the cut outs on the thorax. But otherwise these are kinda cute.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I’m not liking the fold-over skirt trend, but I think the 13th picture (7 from the bottom) is the only version I’ve liked – it reminds me of a motorcycle jacket, skirt edition

  • DuBey2

    Loving pretty much all of them. Got the shivers (cold) when I saw the sternum-to-naval slit, but still, I love the way these look on these models (i.e. not on a desperate housewife who’s busting out all over)

  • @Biting Panda

    I want to see almost all of this on Naya Rivera. Or a similar, sexy vixen.

  • PastryGoddess

    While there are some tacky pieces, on the whole this is a very well designed collection. They seem to have been stepping up their game the last few seasons. did they get a new designer?

  • jilly_d

    Can’t stand Leger, and this collection does not inspire me to change my mind, with the exception of those two ivory looks – which look like the models from another show got lost and wound up on this runway.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I like the outerwear and some of the simpler dresses (the red one in particular quite a bit )

  • Sabin

    I like the b&w two-piece, but the rest is spotty. Tho the Groucho Marx boobs on #3 are pretty amusing.

  • appliquer

    Too many cutouts. Lemmings are following the crowd.

  • Trickytrisha

    Well, the sleaze factor is certainly there. Anyone care to bet who shows up on the red carpet first with one of these “little frocks”? My money’s on Paula Patton.

    • I reckon one of them is going to be Olivia Wilde’s post-baby comeback dress.

    • alyce1213

      She’ll drool over the open chest dresses.

    • FrigidDiva

      I was just going to comment that this looks like the Paula Patton collection.

    • ana170

      I don’t see Paula in any of these. There’s not enough boob on display. The 4th dress down has Kristen Stewart written all over it though.

      • demidaemon

        Exactly my thoughts, excepting the K Stew one. These all seem too obviously sexy for her aesthetic.

    • demidaemon

      These might be a little too tasteful for Miss P.

  • LaSylphide

    Gee, if I ever take up S&M, I’ll know where to go for my getups.

  • quiltrx

    I really (surprisingly) like that pale pink studded dress, and I don’t mind the Balmain-ish top/skirt combo a few below it.
    And I want to be the girl who has places to wear the black feathered motorcycle jacket!

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. I cannot think of a single appropriate place to wear it, but I do like that jacket.

  • unbornfawn

    I’m with TLo on the cut-outs. Not working for me. I have a feeling we will be seeing these deployed on the red carpet. Let’s hope we at least get the right girl in the right dress.

  • ashtangajunkie

    While I don’t love excessive cut-outs, I do love some of these pieces. The pale metallic dress under the white coat is gorgeous,

  • SugarSnap108

    I don’t actually hate this, which is unexpected. I like the dresses with the streamer skirts and *no* cutouts. But it’s all just too overwrought (and cutout-y) on the whole.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Don’t love the collection but adore seeing my girl crush Bruna Tenorio walking that runway. Too few designers are using her these days and she’s a Goddess.

  • deelup

    Do me… Even though my sexy dress is all kinds of ridiculous.

  • cocohall

    If you’ve successfully eliminated carbs from your life, for ever and ever, this collection is for you. It would look laughable on me, she types, as she brushes bagel chips from her lips. But for what it is, and who it’s for, sexy and sleek.

  • amanda d

    Love the streamer skirts. They take me back to when I first started buying Vogue religously and feel in love with Chanel but updated for today. The proportions are bang on.

  • All I see are thigh high boots with peep-toes. And I am horrified. Some of this okay, but definitely not my taste.

    • Lower L

      Peep-toe boots get on my nerves. I saw a young woman on the L yesterday wearing red suede stiletto platform peep-toe booties, and wondered whether she’d just arrived from LA that morning and didn’t understand how snow works. (Or salt, for that matter. That red suede is going to die a horrible death.)

    • kimmeister

      It kills me that they’ve been featured now for several seasons. They are infuriating!

  • Eovaai

    Visible belly button is never a good idea. Some nice individual pieces, though.

  • SewingSiren

    Not for my lifestyle.

  • boweryboy

    High-end hoochie mama. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just sayin’ . . .

  • Maybe it’s just the Olympics, but the sparkly dresses with cutouts look like figure skating costumes.

  • bringbackbeatles

    I really like a lot of these, though there are tacky pieces in there. I don’t like cutouts along the sternum because they’re so wide and boxy that they makes these poor gals look completely flat chested. The first dress above the paragraph is killer! The third dress below the paragraph is awful. It makes the models boobs look awful. It makes them look like they are miles away from each other and weirdly shaped.

  • Gatto Nero

    Dislike the cutouts (and especially those with illusion netting, which should die a death), but at least he’s finally doing some variation on the bandage dress.
    These aren’t my thing, but, as the uncles say, “for a certain kind of gal, …”

  • Leather jacket with FEATHER SLEEVES.


  • Dagney

    I would wear every single garment. LOVE.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Korto’s seatbelt coat looked much better than many of theese looks.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I would have thought that it would be quite hard to bring creativity when designing the ultimate skin-tight dresses, so I have to pay respect to the brand for reinventing their own look again and again.

  • FrigidDiva

    I have so much hate for open-toed boots, I just…UGH.

    • Sofia Bentivoglio

      Amen! They are so stupidly impractical and ugly. When will they be *over*?!

  • formerlyAnon

    The ones without cutouts or odd blocky strappiness between mid-breast and shoulder are very pretty shapes and when the fabrics have enough ease to move, they seem to fall nicely.

    If you want this kind of dress, this would be your go-to place to get it. Some of these are so beautifully made they don’t look nearly as cheap as they should.

    • sagecreek

      Oh, you are good 🙂

  • Alyssa

    One does not need a belt to hold their belly button in place. I sincerely hope not to see these pieces on the ladystars!

  • Kent Roby

    Fringe and feathers and buckles, oh my! At least they’re a departure from the usual bandage dresses. The less-complicated more-covered looks towards the end are, for me, the more successful ones.

  • sagecreek

    La Klum is pulling out her checkbook as we speak.

    • Kent Roby

      These looks would have to be altered dramatically to be tacky enough for Heidi, unless she’s shopping for something to wear to a funeral.

  • TigerLaverada

    I’m not usually a fan of this sort of thing, but some of these I find quite attractive. I like the ribbon skirts, too — they add a nice contrast of flowing softness. Footwear pretty uniformly fails, IMO. I’m another hater of toeless boots, an oxymoron in shoes if there ever was one. Kudos for the model selections here. They all look healthy, knees and elbows don’t appear to be the widest part of the limb, and l don’t feel like I’m going cut by an advancing clavicle.

  • SophieCollier

    My favorite is the orange one in the small photos. The dress that has a border of sequins. That is pretty cute.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Normally “Leger” brings to mind “Uncomfortable Brittney Stuffed into a Casing” but I was surprised at how many of these I actually liked.

  • kipper

    They all look like they should come with a strong antibiotic.

  • Lesley

    is it wrong to say that i am so over herve leger?

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Herve Leger clothes always look as though they are trying too hard.

    • Gatto Nero

      *Exactly* what I said to myself as I scrolled through these.

  • Laura Renee

    I think the ones WITHOUT cutouts aren’t bad. See the pink studded number 13 in particular.

  • demidaemon

    I actually kind of love this. I like how its taken the brand somewhere new other than basic bandage dresses. Love the white sparkly look with the white fur coat.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The “streamer skirt” reads too “drive in car wash mop” to me…but I do like the blush dress (6th from the bottom) and I LOVE the 3rd from the bottom with the fur jacket over it!

  • Joanie

    I just can’t with the peekaboo bellybuttons. Otherwise, I can see these dresses finding lots of love from the lady stars

  • Sunraya

    Almost everything is cut. In a bizarre way I don’t think m his market. 🙂