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MONIQUE LHUILLIER

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
New York: Lhuillier understands that her business is rooted in bridal and red carpet gowns, but for S/S 2011, the designer expanded into desirable day and cocktail dresses, along with a spattering of separates. The show was based on classic 1950s silhouettes: the sweetheart neckline, the fitted shift and the full-skirted ball gown all made repeat appearances. What modernized these looks was an underlying current of athleticism.  Everything was seamed, contoured, and corseted to skim the body like a second skin. Sharp color-blocking within a tight palette of black, white, blue, and bright accents highlighted the natural curves of the model’s bodies. Lhuillier is all about enhancing the female form; these are clothes with the rare potential to look better on real women than on rail-thin models. – Shine Dharan

Silhouette: Classic 1950s cocktail and gown shapes

Color: Black/ Sapphire / Blood / Midnight blue / Silver / Canary yellow / Mustard

Key Items: Fitted cocktail dresses / Red carpet gowns / Cropped trench coats

Materials: Wool / Leather / White / Lace / Tulle

Prints + Patterns: Snakeskin / Paint splashes

Details + Trim: Sweetheart necklines / Ribbon tied belts / Leather inserts / Sequins / Cut-outs / Chiffon / Lacework / Contrast linings / Beading

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