fall collections, new york: monique lhuillier

by Jeremy Danté

with a focus on textures, the FW11 collection presented by monique lhuillier is one of beautiful construction & elegant design. always looking at fashion as a form of story telling, i love what is presented gradually from the first look to the last. at the entrance of the show sequence, a focus on more heavy pieces including outerwear were seen. as the collection progressed, the clothes become more & more stripped; necklines dropped, lace exposed more skin & it almost seemed as though winter was melting away one model at a time, eventually leading us to next season, spring. subtle use of animal print was introduced throughout the collection as shots of red lit the mostly black & earth toned palette. gold undertones tapped into the trend of metallics for the fall & drama ensued in the form of an army of gowns that lead to the collections close. gowns constructed of sheer textiles, tulle & ostrich feathers allowed each gown to become greatly individualized through design additions in the form of animal print, sequins, lace & ruffles. in the collection, i loved the brown dipped gown with the intricate neckline- a gorgeous piece & one of the standout designs of this season. i admire the direction taken this fall & applaud lhuillier’s refined style.

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