A healthy front-row bloc of PYTs du jour at BCBG Max Azria usually sets off the fashion season's first paparazzi swarm. Today it was sister act Theodora and Alexandra Richards happily braving the flashes alongside Leigh Lezark, Solange Knowles, and teen queen Amanda Bynes. Appropriately, the clothes on the runway could have gone by the name of the latter's breakout movie, What a Girl Wants.

What does a girl want? Well, for many, particularly the sector that follows the It-party-girl lead, the checklist is still short, body-con, and sexy in the eighties vein that has made stars out of Alexander Wang and today's Balmain. The husband-and-wife team of Max and Lubov Azria worked the look like a collage, piecing and tucking bright abstract florals into solid blacks, navies, and the odd Pepto pink. Ruched silks and tulle were tightly bandaged around the body, the effect made sexier still with sheer black insets. On the looser side, dresses that riffed on the T-shirt made a coherent and welcome counterpoint. Every model carried a glossy metallic clutch, as if poised to stay out all night at a moment's notice. Sure, their proposition wasn't quite new, but the Azrias' trickle-down timing is right on. And after last season's concept-heavy offering, the show was a youthful breath of fresh air.