It’s hard to pick one word to describe Monique Lhuillier‘s spring/summer 2017 collection that walked the New York Fashion Week runway. It was effortless, flawless, and arguably above all else, it looked expensive. That last option might seem trivial to say, knowing the standard price point of the designer, but that is an aspect of luxury fashion that can be hard to pull off at times, especially with how easy she makes it seem!
Lhuillier opened her brand 20 years ago, back when she was primarily a wedding gown designer, and she seemed to only draw strength from that fact; she became nostalgic during a backstage interview with Vogue at her show. Regarding what is different now in 2016, she replied, “The hem lengths, but I feel like a lot back then could still stand today.” (Amen to that!). “The dresses need very little!”
She also clued us all in that in order to start the process of creating her new lineup, she had her models step into some of the pieces from her archives. And the rest is history, because this collection is absolutely stunning.
She kept things light in both the fabrics and the color palette this time around, opting for light candy shades that made everything seem as though it was lightly sprinkled in sugar. With already such a happy little prospect for spring, the rest we knew we could just leave up to her expertise.
The Monique Lhuillier spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection is full of what one might consider to be Lhuillier’s own form of drama, and going along with the light theme it came in the form of fantastical regal elements, like with her addition of heart sequins that popped up now and again; the level of bejeweling made that regality become that of a matured Disney princess, actually, which only added to the happiness in the line.
It’s easy to think of some celebrities offhand that would probably consider wearing these looks on the red carpet, to events, and in some cases as more of an everyday look. You would never be able to look at this collection and have doubt about the woman Lhuillier designs for. She is one designer who remains constant with her design aesthetic, making it easy for women to follow, and fall in love with, her work – especially when they can look forward to her seasonal fashion week shows like this.
She began at her base of viewing past silhouettes, and grew to create a modern take on the design work she’s been doing for so long now. She let herself delve a bit more into her edgy side that we haven’t gotten the chance to see much of.
When we say edgy here, Lhuillier continues to keep things feminine and cohesive with her thought process and the rest of the collection, so her version of “edgy” isn’t near what other designers might have in mind! But we were most satisfied with her pieces that had that timeless romanticism that we always look forward to popping up in her collections; whenever we see her name on the fashion week schedule, we know we’re in for a fantastical show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue