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If there's one brand that has their signature steez so unabashedly down pat, it's Herve Leger by Max Azria. You can be sure that the French atelier will present a collection that is opulent, sexy, and most of all, takes cues from ancient civilizations. Whereas for his Spring looks, he went the route of glistening Greek goddesses, Max's Fall line was clearly mused by the jungle cat-slaying Roman gladiators. But the whole straight up arena-fighter homage has been done time and time again, so Herve Leger takes it to fusion levels with opulent details and simultaneous nods to the roaring twenties.

TOUCHES OF TWENTIES

Herve Leger by Max Azria Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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The Fall 2012 Herve Leger color palette was creams and mahogany and black with gold and pewter sprinkled throughout. Azria took a turn from the skintight bandage dresses of yesteryear in favor of floatier fabrics and silhouettes. Leather harnesses adorned almost every look, and every model was outfitted with battle-ready heeled sandals and sleek ponytails. The fusion happens with the addition of tiered fringe à la speakeasy flappers and prints that wink to Art Deco.

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We already know that "Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," but considering all the uh-mazing trends that took over the Billboard Music Awards red carpet, we simply REFUSE to forget the SHEER BEAUTY of some of these outfits! Last night the ladies (and the Biebs!) were LOVING midriff-baring cutouts, tons of fabulous sequins and glitter, and long sleeves paired with short dresses. Check all of our favorite looks below. (Psst! What happened outside of the MGM Grand Arena was just the beginning! Peep the hot performance outfits that Beyoncé, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Nicki Minaj donned onstage during the show.)

CUTOUTS

Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, and Ke$ha at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 22.
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The star of the red carpet last night was midriff! These ladies showed off their toned tummies with angular cut out dresses and body-hugging jumpsuits. First off, um HELLO SELENA GOMEZ. She looks elegant, beautiful, and straight-up HOT in her Dolce&Gabbana gown. (Way to go, Justin Bieber! You got that shiz in the BAG.) Nicki Minaj opted for a sheer, pastel blue Mark Fast catsuit paired with cutout white platforms and Barbie pink (obvs) hair. Fergie KILLED IT in a black leather paneled Hervé Léger by Max Azria Atelier dress, sky-high pumps, and Alexander McQueen clutch. Ke$ha was surprisingly elegant in a grayish-blue Jad Ghandour gown and SOUND THE ALARMS PEOPLE because she managed to incorporate all three of our red carpet trends: cut outs, glitter, AND long sleeves with a short (well, sort of. Just go with it.) dress.

GLITTER AND SEQUINS

Michelle Williams, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 22.
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If there's one time when wearing full-out sequins and glitter in the daytime ISN'T super duper tacky, it's at huge awards shows like this one (unless, of course, you're Ke$ha). Michelle Williams rocked a three-quarter sleeve sequin frock with a layered ribbon illusion skirt. We LOVE her bright red accent clutch and cutout boots. Justin Bieber proves that glitter isn't just for the ladies in his sparkling gold DSQUARED2 tuxedo jacket paired with a skinny tie, black pants, and patent leather high-tops. Also: His slightly disheveled hair is REALLY doing it for us. Taylor Swift goes glam in a strapless, floor-length Elie Saab pink and gold sequin gown finished with retro waves and a pop of red lipstick.

SHORT DRESSES, LONG SLEEVES

Kylie Minogue, Keri Hilson, and Beyoncé at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 22.
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These leggy ladies decided to give their gams full attention at the BBMAs! Kylie Minogue chose a short see-through lace Alexander McQueen dress with peep-toe Christian Louboutin booties, while keeping the arm length demure. Keri Hilson shined in a bright yellow chiffon Rachel Roy dress and Christian Louboutin Balota sandals. We are obsessed with her teal belt and hot pink nails! This girl is FEARLESS when it comes to color! Beyoncé kept it simple and chic in a long-sleeved Lanvin dress and snakeskin printed Christian Louboutin pumps.

+ SEE ALL OF THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET LOOKS HERE!!!

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