Inspired by femme fatales and the black-and-white photography of Helmut Newton, the BCBGMAXAZRIA spring 2013 collection seems, to us, to have missed its mark. Instead of evoking the fluidity and sexiness of its stated inspirations, the looks are complicated to the point of being overworked. The central design element is a harness-like effect on the bodice; something that works in only about a quarter of the looks. The rest of them look uncomfortable and overdone. The mood, instead of being sexy and dangerous (as one would assume upon hearing “femme fatale” and “Helmut Newton”) was instead somewhat depressing.
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