May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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INTO THE FUTURE
New York: Best known for her dreamy bridal gowns, Monique Lhuillier’s ready-to-wear business has been slowly gaining momentum. She opened her first store in New York this year and also recently launched a shoe collection. Lhuillier experimented with futuristic mirror-image digital prints for Spring, and she revisited them for Pre-Fall. This time, gold tones provided richness and warmth. The silhouettes were sharp and angular, supporting the sci-fi-inspired theme. Textural materials, including pile and a shiny cloqué, gave the rigid shapes a sense of movement. As cocktail dresses and gowns are her undisputed strong point, Lhuillier presented plenty of them at the end of the collection. Though some represented the wispy, delicate looks that her bridal clients have come to expect, others reflected the futuristic references, creating fractal shapes through intricate beading and sequins. Both styles were gorgeous, making this offering a great way to end what was a big year for Lhuillier.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Boxy / A-line / Hourglass / Mermaid
Color: Gold / Black / Silver / Charcoal / Dusty purple / Midnight blue / Teal
Key Items: Digital printed separates / Boxy coats / Lace cocktail dresses / Embellished gowns
Materials: Printed silks / Lace / Leather / Pile / Cloqué / Fur / Tulle / Tweed
Print + Pattern: Mirror-image digital prints / Ombré / Large-scale florals
Details + Trim: Embroidery / Lace appliqués / Contrast trim / Beading / Sequins / Ruching / Fringe / Veiled necklines
Accessories + Footwear: Lace-up sandals / T-strap sandals / Open-toe boots / Pointy-toe ankle-strap pumps
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