A floral fantasy took hold of Monique Lhuillier this season. Set in an industrial-like space, the high exposed beams fit right in with Lhuillier’s vision for Fall 2012. One of the most anticipated collections of the week, Lhuillier did not disappoint. Dreamy piece after dreamy piece made their way down the runway, in fact more like floated, as every item was airy & feather-like in execution. The gowns were beautiful & simple, with silhouettes ranging from body skimming to fuller trains, all the while retaining an easy femininity. Accents such as light beading & sparkly like details were subtly sprinkled throughout. Pretty froth & romanticism seemed to be the mood she was aiming for, with features such as high peaked sweetheart necklines done in Chantilly lace; detailed lace caplet sleeves; & flowy chiffon all present. Plenty of tulle reaching across the collarbones & around the waist added to the collection’s ethereal feel.
A common trend throughout the week has been see-through boning, undergarments as outerwear if you will; & Lhuillier was no exception. However, the ethereal nature of the collection allowed the trend to blend in seamlessly. Long veils with embroidered hems were lightweight, yet stunning, & perfect to make a statement without being overdone. She kept things interesting with eye-catching designs such as a racer back dress & full sleeve dresses done in see through netting. A few gowns had a crumpled effect, & while beautiful they seemed to a bit of reach; I could see would-be-brides reaching for a steamer on the big day.
Overall, the collection achieved its floral mandate, creating a delicate luxury for those seeking a garden princess like look.
Designer website: MoniqueLhuillier.com