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Saturday, September 6, 2014

#NYFW: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015

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Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2015 collection for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was a dreamscape.  There were layers and layers of sheer fabrics.  There were shimmering shades of pastel to shiny iridescent fabrics. 

The most beloved (by me) are the full skirted gowns with delicate floral embroidery.  To me, that is Monique’s signature look (one that I have contributed to in past seasons as an embellishment designer).  The dark purple against the pale lilac was striking and feminine.  Look for these to head the red carpet in upcoming awards seasons.  There was mint green, pale yellow, ivory and pale blue gowns also with elegant embroidery.  These would also make a gorgeous bridal alternative for modern weddings.

The iridescent cocktail dresses will no doubt be popular among the affluent prom crowd.  While these might be crowd pleasers,  I have a longstanding prejudice that iridescent fabrics are cheap.  I might change my mind if I had an opportunity to touch the dresses in person, but I can’t get the movie “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” out of my head when I look at them. 

There was a black and white group towards the beginning of the show that featured laser-cut flowers as embellishment.  The petals fluttered as the models walked.  This motif was echoed in the iridescent flower confetti that showered the runway towards the end of the fashion show, (again, a little prom-like).  I think Monique Lhuillier is make fans off women in high school and outfit fit them for every major event through until their wedding (or Academy Award).

 Not a bad business plan.

photos by Mariana Leung

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