NY Fashion Week Fall '08. Monique Lhuillier is Ready for Fall

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Summary: According to Monique Lhuillier, her fall collection had a smoky and loungy flapper feeling with a modern approach. Amen to that! While her designs were not an exact replica but merely inspiration from the roaring 20’s they were impeccably styled, super luxe and super sexy. Art
Deco influences were evident in mirrored beads, paillettes, feathers and fringe. Even her daywear was super rich with metallic fabrics and fur trim. If we are in  a recession, you wouldn’t know it from this show. We are all ladies who lunch at Cipriani’s or should be in her outfits. We would wear Lhuillier day and night if we could. What we love most (besides her draping skills and her ability to be over-the-top without garishness) is her consistency and unflappable ability to not dissapoint. In our opinion, she is on the fast track to becoming the next great American designer (in company with Oscar de la Renta), which is a very good thing.

Color Palette:
white, latte, saffron, gold, silver, blue, peacock blue, indigo, crimson, bahia (mustard), olive green, willow (green), raisin, dove grey, graphite, noire, ombre

Textures & Details:
silk charmeuse, silk crepe, gazar, satin, tulle, chiffon, satin, organza, mattelasse, silk wool, wool jersey, boucle, metallic boucle, liquid lace, leather, caviar embroidery, ostrich feathers, broadtail, fox fur, mirrors, jewel corsages, exaggerated bows, exaggerated ruffles, paillettes, belts with jewel encrustment, fur stoles

Key Looks: noir mattelasse box pleat coat with 3/4 length sleeves with a  barossa chiffon cowl neck dress with with pinked embroidery; noir broadtail vest with fox fur belted with a noir sleeveless dress with deco jacquard skirt; noir strapless tulle gown with pleated bodice and soft bubble skirt; charcoal grey satin organza one-shoulder gown with soft bubble skirt; deco jacquard dress with noir lace overlay with peacock blue tipped fox stole; latte silk charmeuse knotted gown with gold textured corset

Photos: New York Magazine

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