Herve Leger By Max Azria Stuns A Celeb-Filled Front Row With Metallic Bondage For Spring 2012

Herve Leger By Max Azria Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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When ingenues want to pull out all the stops on the ol’ red carpet, they usually opt for body-conscious Herve Leger. There’s no better way to entice the paparazzi (or show off a three-hour training sesh!) than with one of the label’s bandaged (bondaged?) shape-shifting dresses. They’re so popular, in fact, that we see them EVERYWHERE now, whether they’re the real thing or “inspired” knockoffs of the originals. For spring 2012, designer Max Azria focused on metallics, which were rendered beautifully, as well as light and dark hues and intricate details. Fans such as Ashlee Simpson, Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr, and LeAnn Rimes sat in the front row ogling dress after shiny dress—head-to-toe looks we can only assume they’re imagining will one day be in their futures.

Herve Leger By Max Azria Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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The reason Herve Leger is such a popular choice on red carpets both literal and imagined (we’re talking the “red carpets” outside of nightclubs on sultry Saturday nights, too), is that these dresses both contour and accentuate the body in an overtly feminine way. You don’t have to do anything when you wear one, either—just throw on some heels and let the dress do the talking. Azria has a way of making what could be risqué look classy too. There are dresses with plunging necklines and others with cap sleeves. Some have strategic, flesh-baring cutouts, and others draw the eye to STUNNING details like intricate braid-work. Also edging out the spring look are INSANE KNEE-HIGH SANDALS—an unexpected if boldly stylistic choice. Which one of these ladies is gonna rock those?

Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Szohr, and LeAnn Rimes at the Herve Leger By Max Azria Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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