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Peek-a-boob: Herve Leger designers stretch boundaries of bandage dress

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Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, look 3
Herve Leger light coral and black jacquard dress with over-the-knee boots. Photo by Thomas Kletcka
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection
Herve Leger bare/black bandage pleated top and skirt with over-the-knee boots. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, Lubov and Max Azria
Herve Leger designers Lubov and Max Azria take a bow. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, look 11
Herve Leger coral and gray pleated dress with over-the-knee leather boots. Photo by Thomas Kletcka
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, look 2
Herve Leger bandage fit-and-flare dress with black/nude leather cage corset belt and leather over-the-knee boots. Photo by Thomas Kletcka
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection
 Herve Leger bandage jacquard jumpsuit and black mesh shrug top with over-the-knee boots. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, look 3
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, Lubov and Max Azria
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, look 11
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection, look 2
Herve Leger fall 2014 collection

NEW YORK — You've got to hand it to Lubov and Max Azria. Every fashion season, they come up with new — and often daring — ways to freshen up the iconic Herve Leger bandage dress.

Since relaunching the French brand six years ago with a fashion week debut, the Azrias continue to add pizzazz to the quintessential skintight form. In their spring collection, they focused on the midriff, with beaded crop tops in bandage fabric, along with zip-front skirts, goatskin and fox fur hoodie sweatshirts and sparkly sweatpants.

For fall, they're playing a game of peek-a-boob.

 Since relaunching the French brand five years ago, the Azrias continue to add pizzazz to the essential skintight form. 

That's the term my fashion colleague from Boston came up with as we watched models appear on the runway in body-hugging dresses with half-moon cutouts above the breasts or oval openings that plunge nearly to the navel. Some of the openings seem to be constructed to make a smiley face. I don't think that's intentional, although on the front row, Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe sure looked entranced.

The collection also features corsets at the waist to accentuate the female form and split-hem dresses with contrasting pleats move like car wash flappers as the model moves. Dark feather trims lend a touch of texture to dresses and suede motorcycle jackets while geometric beading adds some dazzle to jacquard dresses and fitted jackets.

Thigh-high boots and pulled-back ponytails send a message that it takes a confident woman to wear this look, although I've heard that the Spandex-like fabric is flattering no matter what your body type is because it basically sucks everything in.

Can't wait to see what the Azrias come up with next year.

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The Herve Leger spring collection will be featured at a trunk show on Feb. 27 and 28 at Tootsies.

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