New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Monique Lhuillier: Evening Wear Goes Wild

September 10, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10

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Summary: Best known for her bridal collections, Monique Lhullier exercised greater creative license to take a walk on the wild side with her 2010 evening wear collection. Though purportedly safari-inspired, the most successful gowns employed greco-roman styling, with asymmetrical draping and corded ties. Two leopard-print pieces evoked the African brush, with the twill A-line coat being most successful. Hues of rust, sunflower and toffee bridged the disparate styles, but two looks created from metallic tweed–including a tailored jacket with necktie and pencil skirt–were out of place. Particularly stunning was Lhuillier's use of fringe: In addition to more traditional, free-hanging fringe, she draped it like fabric over shoulders, backs and bodices, creating a peek-a-boo affect that is sexy and unexpected.

Color Palette: Rust, sunflower, noir, oyster, leopard print

Fabrics & Textures: Fringe, chiffon, tweed, twill, jersey

Key Looks: Rust silk jersey asymmetric draped gown with corded tie, Noir silk chiffon one-shoulder asymmetric draped gown with fringe sleeve and corded tie, Leopard twill A-line trench coat

—Becky Ellis

Photos: WireImage

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