Monique Lhuillier

The former bridal wear designer has come a long way, boasting quite a strong following among the a- list social set thanks to her consistently and desirable cocktail dresses and evening wear. This season, she is going for “sensual sexuality”, working in a signature soft, neutral and appealing color palette (but making a statement with muted shades of green). She focused on Grecian goddess gowns with neo-baroque ornamentation (jeweled belts, bodices, sashes, and jewel encrusted collars) and experimented with strict tailleur (as evidenced in her fiercely narrow military inspired pantsuits).

She also experimented with unexpected fabrics like raw linen for day and night (as exemplified by the beige linen raffia cocktail dress with gathered bodice), and continued her love affair with volume, successfully translated into chiffon, lace, and embroidered organza. But Monique's strength is in her ability to get the most impact from subtle details, and many of the most memorable dresses were not the voluminous entrance makers she has became known for, but the more restrained draped matte jerseys and pleated silk chiffons (many of which featured pleated or criss cross bodices, or arrestingly cut out backs).

Standouts include the black embroidered organza pleated bodice cocktail dress with open back, a black Chantilly lace bubble cocktail dress with t-strap neckline and jeweled bodice, a forest green matte jersey v neck gown with criss cross straps and oxidized crystal embroidery, and a jade silk chiffon encrusted collar gathered gown.

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