Although known prominently for bridal wear, Monique Lhuillier wowed the crowd with an edgier ready-to-wear collection. From leather shifts to crisp peplums and strong shoulders, Lhuillier’s vision was futuristic and powerful.
Restrained to a palate or darker hues, the collection featured geometric patterns cut into demure office appropriate pencil skirts and sweet peplum tops. Emphasis on the shoulder added an 80′s flair while the high waisted slim pants kept it modern. Departing from her typical frothy confections in tulle, Lhuillier presented tough leather dresses with angular detailing. Teal and deep blues punctuated the collection. Although she played around with exotic prints, the classic, lady-life silhouettes kept the pieces from edging too far towards the avant garde. From short multi-color dresses to a black and white strapless jumpsuit, Lhuillier knows how to design for the strong woman. Slick hair and bold blue eyeshadow added to the futuristic vibe of the show.
The conclusion of the show featured a parade of flowing chiffon dresses in watercolor hues and scales of sequins. Intricate beading and dazzling designs are what Lhuillier does best.
Spotted in the audience: America’s Next Top Model star Jay Manuel and New York City socialite Peter Brant.
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