NY Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier's collection was definitely not the most imaginative, but it had a classic beauty that would instantly appeal to those who value glamour over creativity. This was a chic collection of formal gowns, beautiful shapes and heavy winter cover-ups. That means more Oscar dresses, everyone!
The colour palette, like many other winter ones, had a muted feel, and way made up almost entirely of black, white, sky blue, deep royal blue and dove grey. Most gowns were trumpet shaped, with fitted waists and gently flowing skirts. Heavy bands cinched the waist and many dresses were topped off with voluminous puffy shrugs and bracelet sleeved jackets as shown on the left. The puffy dress on the right is a showstopper, but not the most flattering skirt shape. On the catwalk, it grabs attention, though!
Daywear had a slightly predictable and old-reliable 60s edge, with tailored skirts and boxy, bracelet-sleeved jackets. There were plenty of fitted suits with big buttons and knee-skimming skirts, topped off with long gloves and corsages. The dress on the right seemed a strange item to include, a slightly bohemian chiffon number shoved in with lots of fitted formal gowns and 60s Jackie O chic, but it wouldn't surprise me if the easy, long-sleeved floral gown became the best-selling item from the whole collection.
Oscar dress predictions come in the shape of these two gorgeous showstoppers. The high lacy neck on the dress on the left is beautiful, while the lace overlay and the flattering shape - teamed with the classic black colour - make this one the right mix of subtle and sophisticated, and perfect for a more demure celeb. The beautiful waist-cincing corset and heavy blue fabric of the dress on the right gives a great shape, and the off-shoulder cap sleeves make it a bit different to the thousands of strapless dresses that designers churn out every season.