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Sunday, February 9, 2014

#NYFW: Monique Lhuillier Fall 2014

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monique lhuillier fall 2014
Beauty, no beasts.  Monique Lhuillier presented a beautiful collection last night at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with options ranging from darkness to light.  The fall 2014 runway started with slim sheath-like silhouettes for day and night.  The palette began with somber black and cool grey.

The show progressed into vampy beaded, lacy and sexy dresses that fit very close to the body.  To contrast the darker looks, there were flared white and pale gold dresses that were short or long.  It reminded me of an ultra-glamorous Swan Lake being played out on the catwalk.  The sheer number of black dresses in proportion to the rest of the collection is very telling in what people want to buy. Most West Coast designers have a lot of color, especially for a designer very popular for the red carpet.  However, in NYC, we all know how much we love our noir-dominated wardrobes, so Monique knows how to cater to that.

The sleek, fitted looks did not dominate this show completely.  There were two show-stopping ballgowns that took up the width of the runway.  A very pretty pink petal print on black satin ground is sure to end up being worn by a future award winner.  A hot pink scrolled floral embroidered coat on black satin gave an extra level of luxury to a solid colored dress.

Here's to living every night like you're going to walk a red carpet...
Photos by David TW Leung

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