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“He’s going sky-high,” said Nina Garcia, the “Project Runway” judge. “A real original.”

HERVE LEGER

Designer Max Azria’s bandage dresses for Herve Leger are seriously flattering _ you can see that best not on the models, who frankly would look good in anything, but on the fashionistas in the audience at his shows.

But each show needs to have a new theme, and for Azria’s Spring 2013 preview on Saturday, it was something unusual: Quilt-making. From Alabama.

One wouldn’t ordinarily think of quilt-making from the American South as having much to do with the tight, figure-enhancing dresses that Azria does so well, but the patchwork designs made many of the dresses on display very pretty and colorful, if on a few occasions a bit busy.

Particularly appealing was a blue sapphire high-neck bandage dress with “passementerie” embroidery and applique. Another feature of Azria’s on full display here were his leather harnesses, in black or tan, around the neck or in the form of a corset.

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AP writers Leanne Italie and Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.

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