ATX New York Fashion Week spring 2016
Sexy Silhouettes

Hervé Léger wears the pants as iconic bandage dress gets reinvented — again

Hervé Léger wears the pants as bandage dress gets reinvented — again

Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hervé Léger bare combo diamond plaited texture jacquard dress and pant with black suede bootie. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hervé Léger pacific blue combo diagonal multicolor jacquard top and skirt with black suede sandal. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hérve Léger pale blush combo one-shoulder dress with knotted beaded folded detail and white suede bootie. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hérve Léger silver dove combo diagonal multicolor jacquard dress with bell sleeves and black suede bootie. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hérve Léger classic blue combo asymmetrical jacquard dress with flower applique and beading detail, with black suede bootie. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hérve Léger closed the show with dresses from its 30-year history: Among them this alabaster strapless bandage dress with gold hardware from the fall 2012 collection. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hérve Léger closed the show with dresses from its 30-year history: Alabaster combo colorblocked bandage dress from the spring 2015 collection. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Hérve Léger closed the show with dresses from its 30-year history: Alabaster combo woven bandage one-shoulder dress with metal detail from the spring 2015 collection. Photo by BFA
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection
Herve Leger Spring Summer 2016 collection

According to the classic 1975 song, Paul Simon came up with 50 ways to leave your lover. But it seems like Hervé Léger designers Lubov and Max Azria have done the songwriter one better.

The duo, who have been showing the brand on the runways of New York Fashion Week since 2008, seem to come up with hundreds of ways to reinvent the iconic bandage dress in sexy styles guaranteed to entice a significant other to stick around.

Who knew that the bandage dress could be remade in so many different ways?

For spring 2016, the Azrias played with new silhouettes and proportions. Having seen all of their fashion week shows, it is the first time I recall that they have featured such a wide variety of pants, tunics, tiered skirts, and peplum tops in the tight fabric that usually wraps the body like a sausage casing.

In the latest collection, many of the looks flare away from the body or are embellished with ruffles, macramé, knotting, and intricate applique work, adding a textured edge.

Some dresses have long bell sleeves that nearly cover the hands while others feature cutouts at the shoulders or above the clavicle. One pink dress has no sleeve on one side and a long sleeve on the other.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brand, the Azrias closed the show with 30 looks from previous seasons, dating back to 2010 — all in shades of alabaster. Coming after so many new looks, the classic styles emphasize why the Hervé Léger legacy has been so popular.

It also served as a reminder that perhaps it's not the best idea to veer too far away from a really good original idea.