The pieces created by Monique Lhuillier are ageless, though the Monique Lhuillier fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presented on the New York Fashion Week runway is far away from the tulles and the princess skirts we are so used to seeing. Instead, we are treated the exactly the opposite but much more appealing designs fit for the modern woman. The curves are hugged closely, the body is sheathed in a slinky dress and it’s all a bit breathtaking from this point. According to the designer herself, “It’s all about fluidity… There’s no corsetry at all this season.” At this point, it is literally all about liberating the woman, while still keeping the garment close to the body. While so many designers had turned to the ‘70s for inspirations, Lhullier preferred to trek back to the roaring ‘20s, with a touch of ‘70s glam rock spicing things up along the way. Draped silk charmeuse dresses in teal, amethyst and saffron appear before our eyes, while the black tights are jewelled and the bodysuits star-embroidered, layered under tailored coats. Kate Moss was the muse for this season so it all made sense to us at the end. Of course, or else there seemed to be a disconnect across the collection otherwise.
Red carpet dresses and bridal gowns are her specialty. Not only that but she is also the proud owner of a couture fashion house in Los Angeles, California. She is Monique Lhuillier, the 43-year-old Vietnam-born Filipino fashion designer of mixed French and Spanish descent. It is no wonder that fashion runs through the blood coursing through her veins. Her career began with her bridal collection back in 1996, of which Britney Spears helped herself later on, after which she branched into red carpet dresses for Allison Janney and Jamie-Lynn DiScala. Today, the Monique Lhuillier collections include ready-to-wear lines, evening gowns, bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, linens, tablewear, fine paper and home fragrances. Her popularity has also grown with the stars, making customers out of celebrity women such as Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Ginnifer Goodwin, and so many more.
The Monique Lhuillier fall/winter 2015-2016 collection opened with a gorgeous plum colored lacy embroidered high neck midi hem dress with long sleeves and a major emphasis on length. The silver shoes with the ankle straps had us falling in love with the look from the start, while we suddenly were jolted from the more sombre hues when the blue version appears, the neckline, shoulders and arms covered in the embroidery, while the rest of the body was sheathed in a psychedelic blue, green and black floral abstract patterning that really drew our attentions. The purple version of the same dress had us suddenly wishing we had a date at an expensive restaurant to wear this to tonight. Along with a few other designers, it appears that pockets in dresses have begun to appear as well, the first of which was seen at the Elie Saab Couture show back in January during Paris Fashion Week.
All in all, we do see many of the 2015 trends appear in this collection, including the side cut-outs, the slit up the thighs, the floral patterning and the high neckline; we see mostly midi skirts before getting into the evening gowns, while also looking at seep V plunges, mesh coverings and see-through blouses. It is a great line-up and we love every single piece that was brought out onto the catwalk.
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