The Real, Original Herve Leger Returns to Paris Haute Couture Week


(Herve Leroux) Pieces from the designer's collection, the man himself

If you've seen one of his iconic bandage dresses—perhaps on the backs of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Christina Aguilera—you're already familiar with his work. But if you think that Herve Leger's bandage dress was the brainchild of the brand's now-proprietor Max Azria, well, think again.

Herve Leger was founded in 1985 by the designer who now calls himself Herve L. Leroux—Leroux lost the right to use his name in 1999, after Max Azria acquired it and pushed Leroux out. But it was the original designer, Leroux, who created the bandage dress in 1994—a dress that would go on to outlive him under the Leger brand name.

This morning, WWD reports that for the first time since 1999, Leroux will show his own collection during couture week in Paris this coming January.

"I have been very discreet," he told the trade paper. In the intermittent years, despite avoiding the limelight, he's still in business. "We sell around 200 couture dresses per year."

Are you excited to see what Herve L. Leroux has in store this couture week? We are. If his current couture collection—available to scope out on his website—are anything to go by, we'll be seeing a lot of stunning, expertly-draped gowns and sculptural details.
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