Monique Lhuillier‘s feminine and pretty aesthetic took a brave turn with this Asian warrior themed ready-to-wear collection. An impressive 37 looks walked the runway and not one pair of pants was shown. The cocktail dresses started short; the opening look featured a dragon-printed, lacquered matelassé long sleeve dress with gold embellished cuffs and heavy black lace tights. The dark tights gave the leggy silhouettes a strong look when paired with the lady-like dresses. As the show progressed Lhuillier’s signature red-carpet worthy gowns came out to play.
The Shanghai red she opted to compliment the black dresses was versatile and gave her pieces a luxurious touch. She carried the power color out through her suiting, military styled outerwear, and dresses; the stunning duchesse draped gown with floral skirt that ended the show was perfect marriage of texture and hue.
“Strong silhouettes with a tough, chic edge. Long sleeves, high necks, strong shoulders with short skirts. Lots of leg … they look almost soldierlike,” the Los Angeles-based designer – and red-carpet favorite – said in her notes.
Lhuillier’s embellished dresses were sophisticated and with a sharp sense of modernity. The rose lace detailed dress with the open back and strong shoulders was a standout. The long black sequin dress with the high collar and cut out shoulders was absolutely divine and I could see someone like Daphne Guinness owning a red carpet in that. Speaking of celebrity, let me play a little Rachel Zoe celebrity stylist and mention that Angelina Jolie would look fantastic at an event in the simple black padded shoulder long sleeve floor-length dress. The shapes and texture really made those pieces appeal to me. Any favorites from this collection?
Photos courtesy of Style.com
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