The collection was inspired by nature and India (where most of her embroideries are done, fitting they should be acknowledged finally). Colored lace made its appearance here much like Tadashi Shoji's catwalk. Monique Lhuillier also used nature as a muse (if they shared backdrops, they could have saved money) . While there were many beautiful looks, there were a few that just weren't flattering, like the short dresses and tops that looked like rolled off the shoulders and would be continuing downward. While these shoulders were bared, (I picture Yul Brenner's complaints in that old film "The King and I") others were embellished with luxe crystal and beading.
Was this sexier, darker, slimmer, direction a reflection of the designer's personal life? Tabloids jumped on the end of her marriage and speculated on her relationship with the much younger skater, Evan Lysacek. While he did not make an appearance at the show, Olympic champion, Michelle Kwan did.
I noticed cougar was not one of the nature-inspired influences on the runway...so keep on guessing paparazzi.