Hervé L. Leroux (Hervé Léger) for Guy Laroche: Vogue Patterns, Part 2

Guy Laroche campaign SS 2006 with Angelle Boucher
Guy Laroche ad campaign, Spring 2006. Model: Angelle Boucher. Image: The Fashion Spot.

This week, more Guy Laroche patterns by Hervé L. Leroux, the designer formerly known as Hervé Léger. (See Part 1 here.) Toward the end of Leroux’s tenure, the fashion press seems to have lost interest in Guy Laroche, making it more difficult to find commentary on the house’s collections.

3. Guy Laroche Prêt-à-porter Spring/Summer 2006 (shown October 2005)

Hervé L. Leroux’s second spring collection for Laroche echoed his first in its neutral palette, this time brightened with pops of yellow. The clothes had a more relaxed fit, with draping and smocking details and big belts to emphasize the waist. (See Jessica Michault, “At Guy Laroche, Cutting to the Chase.”)

Here is the collection image from L’Officiel 1000 modèles:

L'Officiel 1000modeles no58 2005
L’Officiel 1000 modèles no. 58 (2005) Image: jalougallery.com.

Vogue Patterns’ selection from this collection, Vogue 2955, is a loose jacket and pants:

Vogue V2955 suit by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche
Vogue 2955 by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche (2007) Image: Vogue Patterns.

(You can see the technical drawing here.)

Here’s the envelope description: Misses’/Misses’ Petite Jacket and Pants: Loose-fitting, unlined, waist-length jacket has collar, dropped shoulders, flaps and welt pockets, stitched pleats creating a blouson effect, attached belts with D-rings and long sleeves with buttoned cuffs. Straight-legged, loose-fitting pants have waistband, fly zipper closure, stitched pleats, side seam pockets and wide, turn back hem cuffs.

V2955 by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche on the cover of the Vogue Patterns catalogue, Spring 2007
V2955 by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche on the cover of the Vogue Patterns retail catalogue, Spring 2007. Image: eBay.

The V2955 design is visible in L’Officiel’s composite above (at bottom left) and this Corbis image.

4. Guy Laroche Prêt-à-porter Fall/Winter 2006-7 (shown March 2006)

For his last collection for Guy Laroche, Leroux showed dramatic, sculpted silhouettes in velvet, satin, and lace as well as his trademark jersey. The models walked a dark, glittering parterre, with smoky eyes and broad velvet headbands doubled back around their chignons. You can watch a video of the show on FashionTV’s YouTube channel; there’s also free access to this collection on firstVIEW.

Here is the collection image from L’Officiel 1000 modèles:

L'Officiel 1000 modeles number 63 (2006) Guy Laroche by Herve L Leroux Herve Leger
L’Officiel 1000 modèles no. 63 (2006) Image: jalougallery.com.

Vogue Patterns’ selection is Vogue 1016, a slinky, halter-necked evening gown:

Vogue V1016 evening dress pattern by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche
Vogue 1016 by Hervé L. Leroux for Guy Laroche (2007)
Vogue V1016 schematic
Technical drawing for V1016

The envelope description reads: Misses’ Dress: Close-fitting, halter dress with lined gathered draped bodice and topstitched trim princess seam midriff, gathered skirt forming drape around hipline. Hooks and eyes, invisible zipper closing and floor length. View A has a contrast midriff.

Here’s a runway image of the V1016 evening dress:

Image: YouTube.

You can see a closeup of the dress on firstVIEW here.

Vogue 1016 was featured on the cover of the 2007 holiday issue of Vogue Patterns. The velvet contrast midriff is most clearly visible on the magazine cover:

Vogue Patterns magazine December 2007 January 2008
V1016 on the cover of Vogue Patterns, December/January 2007–08. Photo: Brian Kraus. Image: McCall’s.

Today, unlike the current Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Hervé L. Leroux’s own label keeps a low profile. Still, online images of Leroux’s recent designs show predominantly celebrities on the red carpet, wearing gowns that are hard to distinguish from his work at Laroche. No wonder V1016 stayed in print for years…

3 thoughts on “Hervé L. Leroux (Hervé Léger) for Guy Laroche: Vogue Patterns, Part 2

  1. I just watched the video of the fall/winter collection and wow. I love that kind of dramatic simplicity. Too bad they didn’t pick one of those fishtail knee-length dresses with all those teeny buttons going up the front. The pattern is some serious va-va-voom, though; I’m surprised it’s going out of print. (Then again, 2007 seems like yesterday to me!)

    1. It’s a great collection. I would gladly wear a lot of it! And I also wonder why the patterns were limited to just one.
      I was surprised to see V1016 was just discontinued, too. But not V1047, with its ultra-low-cut neckline..

  2. I am busy making the V1016 evening dress but there is a problem with the pattern, step 26. Piece 9 is too small to stretch to fit piece 10. Has anyone else found this problem?

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