Reexamining the professional photos from style.com, I realize that I did indeed fall in love with Max Azria's line and not just the glitz of my novice fashion week experience (I'm sure that did contribute to the heart palpitations, though). While Max Azria may not have been channeling Xena, the warrior/princess elements reinforce my belief in the strength of the feminine. The slightly tough studded belts resemble the "urban warrior" image in Christopher Bailey's Spring show at Burberry Prorsum, but Max Azria lightened the touch by limiting the studding to accents. The sheer tulle, the floral and leafy extensions, and the nipped-in silhouettes (reinforced by many of the corsets and external bras that also appeared in the collection) were surprising contrasts and conjured up images of nymphs frolicking in the medieval woods. And if I remember correctly, poor Actaeon was torn to pieces when he saw Artemis bathing naked in the woods: a clear warning to those who may dismiss the warrior princess.
1. A orange and gray number:
2. A fiercer look, one that would look fantastic on a night out with the girls: