Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Lingerie looks on the Max Azria runway

A woman's lingerie is not supposed to be seen by the outside world. Apparently, Max Azria thinks that's a waste of often feminine, delicate garments.

Azria turned a slew of lingerie looks into springtime outfits for his runway show held Friday as part of New York Fashion Week, with an emphasis on dainty slip dresses and silky charmeuse fabric.

"For spring 2008, dreamy silhouettes evoke sensual allure with intimate luxury," Azria explained in his "inspiration" notes handed out to an audience that included Nicole Richie, Molly Sims and Carrie Underwood - who already had on her sand-colored dress, one of the leading colors so far for next spring.

Azria and his wife Lubov, who co-designs this collection, more upscale than their BCBG line, also favored the subtle earth-tone palette, with grays, taupes, creams and blacks, adding blush and rose as accents. One particularly lovely dress was in a mauve crepe de chine that caught the lights.

Macy's fashion director Nicole Fischelis appreciated the old-fashioned dressmaking details, such as the pintucks on the front of a pretty sheath dress or the ruffles added to a blazer at the hip.

There were a few outfits, though, that risked looking a little too much like loungewear to be worn outside. Hammered satin blouses and cropped pants with camisoles underneath come to mind.

Many of the garments featured dip-dyed ombre fabrics, which have the same blurred line effect as tie-dye, but the color is spread in more subtle lines instead of a haphazard pattern.