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Maaji Swimwear at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: A Hot Mess of Pirates and Sailors

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With this collection, Maaji Swimwear never fails to be innovative and eclectic with its designs and runway ideas. The best way to describe the looks coming down the runway: a hot and appreciated mess.

The team of designers sent out women's swimwear, lingerie, and the debut of their first ever men's swimwear line. Think collars, thigh-high mesh stockings, eye patches, arm accessories made out of fabric, turbans, and other outrageous headpieces. And lots of lace.

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- Full coverage of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

- More photos from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

All the shows at Swim Week ooze sexy -- it's a five-day-long bikini party, after all -- but really, Maaji's models nailed the job. They looked straight out of a role-play scene out at sea: pirates vs. sailors. At one point, two men walked out with two models carrying a pirate flag and wearing a pirate hat.

Though the storytelling factor and the innovative thought process put into the designs were admirable, we can't help but think it was just a little too much. Sleeved swimsuits, plus ruffles and glove-like accessories, plus eye patches and jacket pieces? It's a whole lot of everything.

When the models wore just the swimsuits with a stand-alone collar and the arm accessory (we're still really confused as to what the arm thing was about), it was beautiful. If not, it was hot and heavy -- for better and for worse.

Standout Looks: With just so much to look at, we really loved a pair of printed short-shorts with lace.

Trend Alert: Lace, lace, and more lace.

We Could Do Without: The boots. The models walked down in what looked like snow boots with heels, which were neither functional nor fashionable. And leave out the half-shirt cover-ups, too.

The Vibe: Naughty Pirates & Sailors at Sea

The Cute Factor: The male models smirking as they walked down the runway -- they clearly enjoyed the attention.

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