At Saturday's runway show — packed, as usual — designers Max and Lubov Azria presented a Fall 2014 collection that added elements like geometric metal beading, feather trim and corset belts that resembled nothing so much as little cages (maybe that's why they're called cage-corsets). You could also find generous dollops of fur.
Many of the form-fitting garments were black, of course, but a few bright ones stood out: a bold coral and a nice champagne colour that gave the dresses a slightly more muted feel.
But often they weren't muted at all. A bandage dress in dark blue with a mesh cutout and lots of encrusted beading looked like, well, a figure skating outfit. It came along with black over-the-knee boots, adding to the over-the-top effect.
On the other hand, a pale peachlike shade with similar encrusted beading, paired with nude leather booties, had a more subtle feel.
A split-hem dress was exactly what it sounds like: pleats, but broken into strips.
There were also big, boxy motorcycle jackets with huge fur sleeves. Good for fighting the winter chill, but the open toes on the over-the-knee boots? Perhaps not so much.
A number of dresses had long sleeves and achieved their allure through the tightness of the fabric. Azria, backstage, defined his view of "sexy" this way: "Something that shows nothing, but attracts everybody."
AP writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.
—Jocelyn Noveck, http://www.twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP and Nicole Evatt, http://www.twitter.com/NicoleEvatt