‘‘The Emmys are coming up and some of the looks have been selected so they’re on hold,’’ said Lhuillier. Bet the gold, coral-embellished sculpted gown that served as the finale is one them.
On a rainy Saturday night in Manhattan, fashionistas lined up patiently under umbrellas, undeterred, to catch one of the most buzz-worthy spring previews of Fashion Week: that of rising star Joseph Altuzarra.
Actress Kate Bosworth, a big Altuzarra fan, kissed acquaintances and greeted Mamie Gummer, the actress daughter of Meryl Streep. The NBA’s Tyson Chandler posed for photos not far from actress Jessica Chastain.
The looks that greeted them on the runway were a combination of the very casual — navy-and-white striped cotton jackets and overcoats, for example, evoking kids’ overalls — and the glamorous, in the form of gold fringes on everything from skirts to tanks, and crystal-encrusted garments like dramatic scarves draped high around the neck. Workday looks of simple cotton graduated to looks that suddenly shimmered and glistened under the lights, occasionally perhaps a bit blindingly.
‘‘He’s going sky-high,’’ said Nina Garcia, the ‘‘Project Runway’’ judge. ‘‘A real original.’’
Designer Max Azria’s bandage dresses for Herve Leger are seriously flattering — you can see that best not on the models, who frankly would look good in anything, but on the fashionistas in the audience at his shows.
But each show needs to have a new theme, and for Azria’s Spring 2013 preview on Saturday, it was something unusual: Quilt-making. From Alabama.
One wouldn’t ordinarily think of quilt-making from the American South as having much to do with the tight, figure-enhancing dresses that Azria does so well, but the patchwork designs made many of the dresses on display very pretty and colorful, if on a few occasions a bit busy.
Particularly appealing was a blue sapphire high-neck bandage dress with ‘‘passementerie’’ embroidery and applique. Another feature of Azria’s on full display here were his leather harnesses, in black or tan, around the neck or in the form of a corset.
AP writers Leanne Italie and Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.
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