Every single time the New York Fashion Week kicks off with Monique Lhuillier’s ethereal and sophisticated pieces coming somewhere in the middle of the week, our soft spot for chic eveningwear and impalpable every day wearing versions kicks it with higher gear. Lace, guipure, silk, naked illusion techniques, glitters and itty-bitty blooming flowers – Monique Lhuillier has them all in spades, really. So when we got the eyeful of Monique Lhuillier fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW show, we knew it in advance we were to see her iconic romantic spirit and feminine allure blown off right on the runway once again.
We were right in our predictions albeit without any clues about the designer’s inspirational source for the upcoming cold seasons. “Fall is about a more eclectic, eccentric woman. I took cues from Talitha Getty; she was my muse,” said Monique Lhuillier backstage, adding afterwards “‘More is more’ this season”. Talitha Getty, an actress of Dutch origin, who was one of the brightest parts of “Swinging Sixties” and whose bohemian and hippie style is still in frantic quest to be emulated, was best illustrating the ‘more is more’ concept, thus handing down that exceptional knack of creating countless feminine idyllic looks to our contemporary master, Monique Lhuillier.
She could literally throw us into confusion with a swarm of maxi dresses that were at first blush to be put under the eveningwear category, but then quite unexpectedly persuading us that more is more, girls, dare to slip into that powdery pink maxi dress embellished with glittering floral embroidery and pair it with an ochre cashmere coat with furry collar and then put on your thinking cap where to head to with this outfit in your day life. Keep on using your thinking cap across the board for the illusion maxi dress all covered with floral appliqués, for that dark green lace gown with humble neckline, for the black diaphanous floor-touching frock with poetic sleeves and medallion-like golden embellishments spread at every turn or else for the midi dress with pussy bow at the neck and multiple forest green roundish appliqués spread all over the map.
There are many eccentric shirts and tops throughout the whole Monique Lhuillier fall 2016 collection tailored from diaphanous materials, trimmed with botanical motifs, lightweight fabrics or delicate silk with designing tactics, ranging from floral embellishments on the neck and shoulders to pretty effective ruffled collars in pink shades. The skirts are running the gamut including wide oversized paisley embellished ones, navy blue and Venetian red side-slit midis as well as silk and crepe numbers with uniquely designed waists.
Cigarette pants whether occurring in monochromatic true blue and black versions or decorated with Lhuillier’s so favorite blooming flowers or even those numbers shimmering so glamorously are adding up to the amazing street-chic style especially when meeting eccentric outerwear options under the guise of a forest green floral trench coat or a powdery pink crepe one with knitted sleeves.
At the end of the show Monique Lhuillier is entirely playing within her luxurious element, delivering a modicum of red-carpet worthy or nuptial-ceremony-ready stunning gowns, starting from an attention-grabbing crimson crepe one, followed by royal golden, silver and dramatic black options and ending with lovely ball gowns, whether in high-low designs or with multilayered more massive forms, camouflaging those funky glittering socks paired with high-heel sandals popping in throughout the whole magnetism a la Monique Lhuillier.
Photos courtesy of Vogue