NY Fashion Week Spring 2012: Monique Lhuillier runway review

September 18, 2011
By Sheryl Blasnik

Monique Lhuillier

Show Notes:Spring 2012 is all about bold saturated colors with a sporty athletic edge.  With women more into fitness and healthy lifestyles, I compliment their physique using intricate seaming to outline the body.  The use of color blocking and accents of leather add an unexpected edge.  Evening is all about sexy silhouettes, open backs, cut-outs with lace inserts, and graphic prints infused with cadmium yellow and cobalt blue

Monique Lhuillier presented her stunning Spring 2012 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 10th.  Seated front row was Julianne Hough, Rose McGowan, Mary Moore and LeeAnn Rimes with her husband Eddie Cibrian.

Monique Lhuillier

The collection was an interesting mix of strong harnessed sportswear separates followed by elegant ball gowns.  The color blocked dresses shaped to a slim silhouette were sexy and yet had an athletic nod to them.  The show opened with a cyan blue strapless corset seamed cocktail dress and set the tone for much of the show.  The color palette was strong tones of cobalt blue, yellows, red, magenta and painted strokes of black and white. There were black lace overlay panels that added that little touch of intrinsic detailing to the looks.

Some standout looks were typical of Monique Lhuillier’s feminine aesthetic.  The faille strapless draped carbon tulle ball gown could walk any red carpet and stop the paparazzi in their tracks.  The last look also stopped traffic when Lhuillier presented an ink faille strapless tufted ball gown that looked water-color swirled with gorgeous ruching around the waist shown above on the right.

Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

Makeup: Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics

Nails: CND


Photos: Style.com

Sheryl Blasnik


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