There was no mistaking Monique Lhuillier's inspiration for Spring / Summer 2013. The designer took us on a trip under the sea, but in a less literal sense than the coral reef prints we saw from Mary Katrantzou and Versace for Summer just gone.

Lhuillier revived the trend for another season by taking a more abstract take on things. She dissected shells into mirrored digital prints (which felt very un-Lhuillier and very London), echoed the undulating curves of fish in figure-hugging mermaid dresses, and painted sheer fabrics with sparkling aquamarine scales.

Even the dark pieces (like a full-length, heavily embellished black lace evening gown and an inky blue cocktail) had their sea life touches, with coral-like frond embroidery and sparkling scallop details, and a shimmering deep-sea feel.

That said, there were moments when the focus seemed to drift. A structured white dress may have had conch shell curves, but we couldn't explain the burgundy leather dress that felt like it came from a different show entirely - perhaps a leftover from Autumn / Winter?

See the whole collection in the video below:

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