For Fall 2012, Monique Lhuillier continued to gently saunter over to the darker, sexier side of fashion’s landscape. Unveiling 48 new looks, the richly-hued, dimensionally enhanced, and exquisitely tailored collection harkened back to a 50’s screen siren with elegantly soft waves, a seductively scarlet pout, and a come-hither stare that will undoubtedly summon to the surface that inner femme fatale you’ve been hiding all these years.
This season’s palette reflected this mysteriously provocative journey with deeper shades in noir, grey, brown, and gold—RED made a huge impact here, as a solid, trimmed in black, and featured in the collection’s kinetic volcanic, lava, rock, and lace prints. Shades of scarlet underscored “The Year of the Dragon” inspiration, while the use of textured jacquards and lace were an effective counterpoint to the contoured seaming and embroidered details.
These silhouettes are what we’ve come to expect from Monique Lhuillier, predominantly dresses, both (seductive) sheaths and (romantic) fuller shapes as well as georgette blouses, pencil skirts, and jumpsuits. When we did see a menswear-inspired tuxedo jacket, it was juxtaposed against a delicately feminine top and second-skin, seamed pants. Leather trims, panels and seaming details gave the collection an edgier sex appeal, without ever losing the designer’s inherent ladylike aesthetic. It’s quite a tightrope act and an enduring sartorial challenge most women face at one time or another—how to be provocatively alluring, that is sexy, while remaining elegant.
That’s what so refreshingly remarkable about Monique Lhuillier; she manipulates the proportions, which instantly change the way a garment envelops and moves with the body without ever compromising the taste level of her designs. My favorite looks from the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the noir stretch wool jumpsuit with leather details and mesh teardrop back; the red crepe seamed sleeveless cocktail dress with lace neckline; the noir crepe seamed jumpsuit with gold embroidered shoulders and mesh neckline; the lava print strapless draped gown; the noir embroidered long sleeve gown with tulle neckline and organza layered skirt; and the finale, a red lace ball gown with organza layered skirt.
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