Look up sensuality in the fashion dictionary and you’ll find an iconic woman in a Hervé Léger bandage dress. The second-skin silhouette is the uniform of choice for the modern femme fatale, yet it’s got a timeless sex appeal, like something Isabella Rossellini would’ve worn while smoking a cigarette on the cover of a 1988 Italian Vogue.
Perhaps this is because Hervé Léger doesn’t just do bandage dresses—the brand pretty much invented them in 1985 when French couturier Hervé L. Leroux began constructing dresses that would sculpt and smooth a woman’s body. Today, husband and wife design duo Max and Lubov Azria continue the seduction with Lubov as the ideal muse: one of those naturally gorgeous, impossibly chic European women who literally does it all (wife, mother of three, designer, entrepreneur) with enviable grace and élan, in 4-inch heels.
The Hervé Léger fall 2009 dress collection offers a flawless LBD (Signature Essentials Cocktail Bandage Dress), architectural artistry (Runway Chevron Bandage Dress), and a sequined number so fluid it almost looks liquid (All Over Sequins Bandage Cocktail Dress)—intoxicating on all counts. As for what to pair with these, other than vertiginous stilettos? Keep the baubles minimal and let the dress shine. Commanding confidence is your best accessory.