The celebrity lined front row at Monique Lhuillier’s presentation of her Spring/Summer (S/S) 2012 Collection, did little to distract from the awe-inspiring pieces that graced the runway at Lincoln Center on September 10th. Fashion’s elite and celebrities such as Mandy Moore, Rose McGowan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Leann Rimes & husband Eddie Cibrian eagerly awaited the highly anticipated spring line which, not surprisingly, surpassed expectations. Just when you thought the color-blocking concept had reached its peak, Monique managed to reinvent the wheel and create a fresh perspective that collaborated femininity with a strong edge, and in so doing, produced a silhouette comparable to Jessica Rabbit.
The rich color palette of cadmium yellow, cobalt blue and magenta beautifully accentuated the intricate designs. Each piece had skilfully placed details that were impactful in its execution as side lace inserts, opened back gowns and corseted cocktail dresses drew a few elated gasps as they glided down the runway. This collection was inspired by the woman who loves her body and is not afraid to flaunt the end result of maintaining a healthy fit lifestyle. With this in mind, Monique created a spring collection in celebration of this dynamic woman. Although sex appeal has always been inherent in a Monique Lhuillier design, she managed to turn it up several notches with this collection, while keeping the sophisticated quality that catapulted her to the top of the fashion world. This was a celebration of the female form at its best, and each piece exuded an unapologetic air of confidence and strength. Monique sent this message loud and clear, not only through the figure conscious structure of the gowns, but her choice of prints; such as the black splatter on the white cocktail dress, trench coat and pants seemingly a crowd favourite.
Monique Lhuillier has evolved into a design icon since she first became inspired by her own wedding in 1995. That need to fill a void in the wedding dress market over a decade ago has made her a favourite among celebrities and socialites alike. Although she is known for wedding dresses and show-stopping red carpet gowns, she has developed a ready-to-wear line that will be coveted by fashionistas for years to come.
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Lisan J. Simpson is a world traveled fashion editor who has covered fashion week for various publications throughout the years. Look for her latest MBFW reviews in the October issue of Vigore Magazine.