Sunday, September 11, 2011
NYFW Spring 2012: Monique Lhuillier
With hair in sleek ponytails and electric blue eye liner stretching to their temples like racing stripes, Monique Lhuillier's models looked like a particularly fine class of first-round draft picks. Lhuillier was focused on the body this season—most notably, on the athleticism that makes the body worth focusing on—and she fused elements of sport into her couture aesthetic. Bold color-blocking and sculpted seams lent an aerodynamic edge. The first look out, a strapless, seamed, blue and black corset dress, was as tight as a scuba suit, but much more appealing. Harness detailing appeared throughout; bodices were banded with leather, and sides were slashed open to expose sections of sheer black lace. An off-the-shoulder, cobalt blue cocktail dress wrapped in twisted tulle elicited actual sighs of desire from the front row.