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Saturday, February 14, 2015

#NYFW Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015

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No one keeps new school Hollywood looking like old school glamour than Monique Lhuillier. Her fall 2015 collection at New York fashion week show had rich jewel tones in flowing silk charmeuse, lace and beading.

While each style looked contemporary, the artfully draped silk or high-necked lace made the models look equally as comfortable in silver screens of decades past. A pale fur coat was beautifully beaded with jewels. Artful lace was appliqued in flattering lines around the body. The dresses and jackets are destined for many a red carpet (and have likely already worn to award shows this year). The model's hair was blown sleek and straight, off to the side. Some wore their hair back in a ponytail so it wouldn't interfere with a detailed neck area. 

fashion design studio
photos by Mariana Leung
I was backstage watching her design staff sew last minute additions and steaming out long silk georgette looks. Back in my early design days, I remember those up-all-night prep sessions only to have to refit again when your model was switched out at the last minute.

The set-up of this show was unusual. Half of the venue was empty (which mean half the number of guests would be accommodated). Instead, the empty risers acted as a staggered platform for models to pose on after they completed their catwalk strut. At first, I couldn't figure out why they would waste precious seats. I realized at the end of the show, the models walked forward and posed again directly in front of the guests seats in a long pause. This allowed key editors to really examine the clothing details. This also gave guests with only a phone a chance to capture their own images.

Overall, this was a gorgeous collection by Monique Lhuillier. I found every look wearable for a truly sophisticated occasion.  

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