(Getty) A look from the Max Azria Fall 2011 show (Getty)
Each season, designer Max Azria
is tasked with updating a classically sexy look: the Hervé Léger bandage dress. The past few shows have seen the incorporation of Swarovski crystals, metallic embellishments and structured shoulders. This year, Azria revamped the signature silhouette on several of his shorter dresses, allowing thighs some breathing room in ever-so-slightly flared skirts.
There was something uncomfortably surgical about some of the dresses, perhaps due to harness-like straps and buckles evocative of straightjacket contraptions. Many dresses featured peek-a-boo cut-outs, while others were shaped by the weight of their adornments. The all-neutral and black collection will, as always, find favor with the celebrity set over the next year.Browse more pictures of the Hervé Léger Fall 2011: