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Herve L. Leroux, Who Created The Figure-Hugging Herve Leger Dresses Once Beloved By Celebrities And The Jet Set, And Who Became a Fashion Cautionary Tale After He Lost The Rights To The Name Leger, Died On Wednesday In Paris. He Was 60.

Internationally Known Thanks To The Success Of His First Label, Herve Leger, Mr. Leroux (The Name He Assumed After Losing The Rights To Leger) Helped Create One Of The Defining Styles Of The 1990s In The Form Of The Bandage Dress. It Was Formed From Dozens Of Elasticated Bandage Dresses Style Strips Of Knitted Cloth, Creating a Body-Sculpting, Skintight Silhouette.
At The Peak Of His Popularity, Mr. Leger’s Designs Were Worn By Stars And Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham And Melania Trump.
On Her Blog, Ms. Kardashian Wrote Of The Bandage Dress In 2016: “I Would Literally Save Up All My Paychecks And Go And Wait, And Stalk The Girls That Worked At Herve And Just Get All The New Colors.”
Mr. Leroux Was Born Herve Peugnet On May 30, 1957, In Bapaume, In Northern France. He Studied Sculpture And Art History At The ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts In Paris Before Dropping Out To Become a Hairstylist And Milliner.

In 1981 He Met Karl Lagerfeld, Who Encouraged Him To Pursue Fashion Design. He Changed His Surname For The First Time After Mr. Lagerfeld Advised Him That Peugnet Would Be Too Difficult For Americans, The Target Market, To Pronounce. He Suggested Leger, Liking The Allusion To Lightness, For Which The French Word Is Legrete.

Mr. Leroux, Now Working Under The Name Leger, Worked Alongside Mr. Lagerfeld At Fendi And Later At Chanel And Freelanced At Lanvin And Diane Von Furstenberg Before Introducing His Own Boutique, Herve Leger, In 1984. A Fashion Line With The New Name Soon Followed, And Then Came The Inception Of The Bandage Dress.
“The Story Of The Dress Is a Very Simple One,” Mr. Leroux Said. “Before I Started Making Clothes, I Was a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker. One Day In a Factory I Found Some Bands That Were Headed For The Garbage. They Gave Me The Idea Of Taking Those Bands And Putting Them Next To One Another As One Does Making a Hat.”
Coinciding With The Ascendance Of Azzedine Alaa, The So-Called King Of Cling, Mr. Leroux’s Bandage Dress Received Considerable Acclaim. It Was Designed To Encase a Figure And Enhance It In The Most Flattering Of Ways. While Sales Never Reached Blockbuster Levels, The Dress’s Aesthetic Impact Would Be Seen In The Work Of Rivals On Runways And On The Clothes Racks Of Mass-Market Retailers.

“Mr. Leger Proved Why Paris Is The Center Of Fashion Creativity,” Carrie Donovan Wrote In The New York Times Magazine After a Show In 1991, Using The Surname He Went By At The Time. “His Collection Was Original, Well Thought Out, Knowledgeably Executed And About As Incendiary As Style Can Be These Days.”
His Designs Also Proved Alluring To Investors Keen To Expand The Company Across Product Lines And Geographical Borders. In 1998, Mr. Leroux’s Business Was Acquired By The Los Angeles-Based Group Bcbg Max Azria. It Was The First Time An American Company Had Acquired a French Designer-Couturier.

But He Quickly Fell Out With The New Owners, And In 1999 He Lost Control Of The Leger Name, Which Was Retained By Mr. Azria, Who Called The New Collection “Herve Leger By Max Azria.”

In 2000, Mr. Leger Founded His Own Independently Financed Fashion House, Herve L. Leroux, Adopting a New Surname That Had Again Been Suggested By His Old Friend And Mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.
As Mr. Leroux Recalled In An Interview With Style.Com In 2006, “He Told Me, ‘Call Yourself Leroux Because Your Hair Is Red — Not As Red As It Was, Because You Are Older — But, Anyway, It Works, And Everyone Will Know Who You Are.’”

In The Last Chapter Of His Career, Mr. Leroux’s Clientele Remained Loyal To His Feminine Jersey Dresses And His Chic Approach To Contemporary Cocktail Attire. As Creative Director Of The Paris House Guy Laroche From 2004 To 2006, He Dressed Hilary Swank For The 2005 Academy Awards Ceremony In a Memorable Backless Midnight-Blue Jersey Gown, Which Was Seen By Millions Of Television Viewers When She Strode To The Stage To Accept The Best Actress Award For Her Performance In The Movie “Million Dollar Baby.”
Mr. Leroux Showed a New Collection In 2013 As a Guest On The Paris Couture Calendar After a 12-Year Hiatus From The Catwalk. But He Never Again Achieved The Recognition Or Fame He Found Under His Previous Name, Underscoring The Creative And Commercial Struggles That Can Ensue When a Designer’s Name Is No Longer The Designer’s.

He Is Survived By His Sister, Jocelyne, Who Was a Partner In The Leroux Business.

After The News Of His Death Broke, Many Of Those Who Loved His Designs Shared Tributes On Instagram.

The Entertainer Dita Von Teese Wrote: “We’Ve Lost One Of The Fashion Greats. I Loved Herve For His Wit, His Candor, His Sublime Elegance And Of Course, His Talent, Which Came From Authentic Obsession, With No Care For The Commerciality Of Fashion.”

And Cindy Crawford, Posting a Picture Of Herself Standing Next To Mr. Leroux In One Of His Scarlet Red Creations, Wrote, “Remembering The Man Who Created The Herve Leger Sale, Which Held You In All The Right Places.”
Jan
3
Happy
The Parisian Designer Pioneered The Creation Of What\'s Known Around The World As The Bandage Dress.

And While The Herve Leger Dress Has Become a Classic, To Satisfy The Needs And Desires Of Women Today, It Was Time For An Update.

Enter Creative Director, Christian Juul Nielsen. Christian Showed His First Cutting-Edge Collection For The Label During New York Fashion Week And Delivered Much More Than Club Clothes.
Herve Leger Was Founded In 1985 By Herve Peugnet. The Parisian Designer Pioneered The Creation Of What Is Known Around The World As The Bandage Dresses, a Favorite Of Petra Nemcova
\'I Wanted The Collection To To Be Feminine, Sexy, Relevant And Modern,\' Said The Designer About His First Showing.

Christian\'s Impressive Resume Includes Positions At Nina Ricci, Dior Couture, Oscar De La Renta And His Independent Line, Aknvas.

He Was Tasked With Giving Herve Leger a New Identity, But Told Daily Mail That It Was Essential To Him To Stay True To The Brand.

\'Taking On a Classic Brand, It\'s Important To Respect The Code And Modernize It,\' He Shared.
While You Could Dance The Night Away In a Traditional Herve Leger Bandage Dress, Christian\'s Spring 2020 Collection Includes Pieces That Could Be Worn From Desk To Dinner.

\'Evolution Is Natural, He Said. \'Fashion Has To Be New.\'

Part Of The Appeal Of The Classic Bandage Dress Is That It\'s Made From Materials Traditionally Associated With Foundation Garments (Rayon/Nylon/Spandex) That Mold And Shape With The Wearer\'s Figure.

Along With Offering More Modest Silhouettes That Could Be Worn In The Daytime, Christian Updated The Fabric.

The New Material Isn\'t As Thick, Heavy Or Stretch; It Won\'t Suck The Life Out Of You, It Has Less Sheen And Is Softer Than The Original.

Have No Fear Herve Leger Replica Fanatics, Along With Elegant Two-Piece Sets, Stunning Floor Length Gowns And Ladylike A-Line, Traditional Body-Con Minis Are Present, Only With Fresh Details Like Cross-Cross Back Straps.
Jan
3
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Herve Leger Dresses Learnt The Values Of Shape And Form Through Working For Esteemed Fashion Houses Including Chanel, Fendi, Lanvin And Chloe. Having Honed His Skills, Leger Founded His Own Label In 1985, Infusing His Clothing With His Expertise Knowledge Of Body And Form.

Taking Inspiration From Azzedine Alaa’s Body Hugging Clothes, Leger Established a Body Conscious Style Of Dressing. He Took Materials That Were Traditionally Used For Underwear Which Helped Him To Create a Bandage Dresses Style Mould. Through This Technique His Clothes Shaped The Figure Resulting In Curvaceous, Clinging Outfits.

In 1998 The Label Was Bought By Max Azria, The Owner Of The Bcbgmaxazriagroup. The Acquisition Marked The First American Designer Acquiring a French Couturier.


In 2007 Max Azria Re-Launched The Brand Under His Own Creative Direction And With The New Name Of Herve Leger By Max Azria. Initially The Label Launched a Capsule Summer Collection Only Available At Prestigious Department Stores, However Due To Early Success; The Company Reopened The Herve Leger Boutique At Rodeo Drive On Beverly Hills Later That Year.

In 2008 Max Azria Presented The Collection During New York Fashion Week. The Debut Saw Critical Praise And Due To The On Growing Popularity Of The Brands Re-Launch, Azria Was Recognised With The 2008 Fashion Excellence Award At The 33rd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards.

Known For Creating Elasticated Couture, Herve Leger Gown Pioneered The Bodycon Dress During The Eighties. Under The Direction Of Max Azria, Herve Leger Has Been Remoulded Into a Brand That Captures The Allure Of Powerful Women. Herve Leger By Max Azria Draws On The Labels History And Bases Its Designs Around The Iconic Bandage Dress. Seamless Sculpting, The Designs Show The Allure Of Women, Mixing Modern Femininity With The Heritage Of The House.
Jan
3
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I Just Wanted To Mention Couple Of Facts From The Life Of One Of My Favorite Designers.

His Real Name Is Herve Peugnet And At The Early Age Of 23, Fashion God, Karl Lagerfeld Recognized His Talent And Took Him Under His Training. During His Career, He Has Contributed To The Designs Of Chanel, Lanvin, Fendi, Diane Von Furstenburg, Chloe And Swarovski.


At Age 28, He Begins Working For Himself, Creating The Herve Leger Dress. The First Bandage Dresses Was Also The Finale Look Of Herve Leger\'s 1989 Runway Show.

He Said: “The Story Of The Dress Is a Very Simple One. Before I Started Making Clothes, I Was a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker. One Day In a Factory I Found Some Bands That Were Headed For The Garbage. They Gave Me The Idea Of Taking Those Bands And Putting Them Next To One Another As One Does Making a Hat.”

In 1998, Max Azria Acquired Hreve Leger Bandage Dress, The First-Ever Acquisition Of a French Label By An American Designer.

But He Quickly Fell Out With The New Owners, And In 1999 He Lost Control Of The Leger Name, Which Was Retained By Mr. Azria, Who Called The New Collection “Herve Leger By Max Azria.”

In 2000, Mr. Leger Founded His Own Independently Financed Fashion House, Herve L. Leroux, Adopting a New Surname That Had Again Been Suggested By His Old Friend And Mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.

But He Never Again Achieved The Recognition Or Fame He Found Under His Previous Name, Underscoring The Creative And Commercial Struggles That Can Ensue When a Designer’s Name Is No Longer The Designer’s.

Herve L. Leroux, Who Created The Figure-Hugging Bandage Dresses Forever Beloved By Celebrities And The Jet Set, And Who Became a Fashion Cautionary Tale After He Lost The Rights To The Name Leger, Died In 2017 In Paris. He Was 60.
Jan
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Fashion World Lost One Of The Greats, Herve L. Leroux, Founder Of The Herve Leger Brand And Creator Of The Iconic Figure-Hugging Bandage Dress, Passed Away At Age 60 From a Ruptured Aneurysm. Read On To See Our Iconic Images Of Herve Leger Dresses And a Glimpse Into His Life.

From Cindy Crawford And Taylor Swift To Kim Kardashian And Beyonce, Celebrities And Some Of The Worlds Most Beautiful People Have Worn Herve Leger’s Legendary Designs For Decades.

Born Herve Peugnet In 1957 In Northern France, Herve Studied Sculpture And Art History In Paris Before Leaving School To Become a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker And Eventually Deciding To Pursue Fashion Design. In The Early 1980’s He Met Karl Lagerfeld Who Encouraged His Career In Fashion And Suggested He Change His Surname To Leger Because Peugnet Would Be Too Difficult For American’s To Pronounce. He Became Herve Leger And After Working For Fashion Houses Such As Fendi, Chanel And Lanvin, In 1985 He Launched His Own Namesake Line. Then In The Early 90’s He Created His Ticket To Fame, One Of The Defining Styles Of The Decade, The Bandage Dress. Formed From Dozens Of Elasticated Bandage-Style Strips Of Knitted Cloth, The Iconic Dress Creates a Body-Sculpting, Skintight Silhouette.

In 2016 Kim Kardashian Wrote Of The Bandage Dress On Her Blog: “I Would Literally Save Up All My Paychecks And Go And Wait, And Stalk The Girls That Worked At Herve And Just Get All The New Colors.”


After Receiving Great Acclaim For The Bandage Dress And Many Other Original Creative Designs, In 1998 The Herve Leger Brand Was Acquired By The Los Angeles-Based Bcbg Max Azria Group. But Shortly Thereafter By 1999 Things Turned Sour And Herve Lost Control Of His Own Name To The Group Who Called The New Collection Herve Leger By Max Azria – a Cautionary Tale To All In The World Of Design!

In 2000, Herve Took The Name Herve L. Leroux, Another Recommendation From Friend Karl Lagerfeld, And Founded His Own Fashion House. From 2004-2006 He Served As Creative Director For The Paris House Guy Laroche. In 2013 He Finally Returned To The Paris Runway With a New Collection, But He Never Again Received The Same Recognition As He Had Under His Previous Name – The Power Of Name At Play!

Although Not Under His Own Vision, The Herve Leger Lives On. In 2007, Max Azria Relaunched The Herve Leger Brand Under His Own Design Direction And Opened a Remodeled Herve Leger Boutique On Rodeo Drive In Beverly Hills.

After Herve’s Death Entertainer Dita Von Teese Wrote a Beautiful Post On Instagram In Remembrance Of Herve Which Included This Insightful Sentence: “I Loved Herve For His Wit, His Candor, His Sublime Elegance And Of Course, His Talent, Which Came From Authentic Obsession, With No Care For The Commerciality Of Fashion.”

Cheers To Herve Leger Bandage Dresses And a Big Heartfelt Thank You For All That He Gave To The World Of Fashion!
Dec
28
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Herve Leger Signature Bandage Dresses Consist Of Elastic Bands Wrapped Round And Round The Body, Sometimes With a Curved Band Strategically Placed At Bust Or Hips For Emphasis. Sewn Horizontally Like The Funeral Wrappings Of a Mummy, The Elastic Bands Sculpt The Body As Would a Girdle Or Corset. The Resulting "Tight And Steamy" Fit Of a Leger Bandage Dress Was Not For The Faint Of Heart.

Herve Leger Dress Glamorization Of The Female Body Signalled The Emergence Of The Strong, Sexy And Slightly Transgressive Aesthetic That Would Influence Fashion Throughout The 1990s.

Leger First Introduced The Bandage Dress About 1992, a Few Years After He Took Note Of Discarded Stretchy Elastic Bands In a Garbage Can At a Clothing Factory. Leger Was Probably Working For Charles Jourdan At The Time, Having Previously Worked At Chanel, Fendi, Chloe, Diane Von Furstenberg And Lanvin. Leger\'s Solo Collections Were Invariably Riffs On The Bandage Theme, With Color, Length, Band Orientation, And Neckline Providing Variety. Red Bandage Dress Showcases Leger\'s Iconic Second-Skin Fit.

Though Leger Achieved Almost Immediate Success With His Bandage Dresses
The Subsequent Arc Of His Career Can Be Read As a Cautionary Tale About The Economic Underpinnings Of The Fashion Industry. Working In The Haute Couture Tradition, Each Herve Leger Bandage Dress Was Sewn By Hand And Required From 16 Hours To 2 Weeks To Complete. Financial Backing From The Seagram Company Ltd. Allowed Leger To Expand Into Ready-To-Wear And To Present More Lavish Runway Presentations.

In 1998, The Relationship Ended And Leger Lost The Financial Backing Of The Seagram Company. Within a Few Months, However, Bcbg Max Azria Purchased Herve Leger. In April 1999, Bcbg Max Azria Forced Leger Out, Stating That The "New Team In Place Could Not Work With This Person.\'\' 2 As His Trademarked Company Was Eponymous, Leger Simultaneously Lost His Name And His Livelihood.
Despite This Setback, Leger Didn\'t Leave Fashion Behind. In 2000, He Changed His Name To Herve Leroux, And Opened a Small Atelier In Paris. Working With a Staff Of Four, Leroux Began Creating Custom Garments For a Select Clientele. In Addition To Creating His Own Designs, Leroux Has Also Acted As Design Consultant For Undergarment Brand Wolford And Filled a Short Term As Head Designer At Guy Laroche (2004-2006). None Of Herve Leroux\'s Designs Incorporate Body-Sculpting Elastic Bands; In a April 2007 Vogue Interview, Leroux Claimed To Have Developed An Interest In Soft Drapery.

Popular In The 1990s, The Leger Bandage Dress Made a Comeback In 2007/8. Vintage Bandage Dresses Were Donned By Celebrities Including Victoria Beckham And Keira Knightly. The Renewed Popularity Of Herve Leger Was Given Additional Fuel When Bcbg Max Azria Relaunched The Brand With a Runway Fashion Show In 2008.

Subsequent Max Azria For Herve Leger Bandage Dresses Collections Have Proved Popular, Possibly Because They Adhere To The Well-Defined Formula Created By Herve Leger In The Early 1990s: Strong Lines And Skin-Tight Fit.
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