Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Spring ’11. Monique Lhuillier’s Gauzy Garden

September 13, 2010 • New York Fashion Week Spring '11

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Summary: When you settle in for a Monique Lhuillier show, everything readies you for and elegant sense of glamour—the music, the backdrop, and of course, the drop dead gorgeous dresses. A true bridal designer at heart, Lhuillier couldn't help but integrate elements of romance into her ready to wear line—aptly named Garden of Eden—from the sleek pantsuits to the bustled gowns. This season she presented a myriad of colors, careful not to let too many pieces blend in with the cherry blossom background. While the water-colored print did make an appearance in the occasional folds of chiffon, Lhuillier chose not to play it safe by also including bright bursts of green, aqua and crimson.

She also created a mix bag of styles, from demure frocks to sexy slim-fitting sheaths, slender trumpet gowns to voluminous ball gowns, there was truly something for everyone in the audience to drool over. And despite the general aesthetic of prettiness, you could also see the meticulous attention to detail in the craftsmanship. Everything from the hand beading of a corset or the specially placed petal of a skirt proved that while Lhuillier may dream in fairytales, she's also adept at outfitting them in real life. Bring on the Prince Charmings! 

Color Palette: black, blush, red apple, caramel, antique gold, toffee, ivory, cream, reptile print, ivory gold, white, cherry blossom print, mint floral, sage, cameo, bronze, green ombre, pink floral, gold, poppy, stradust, ocean blue, rose print, green, floral, peacock

Fabrics and Textures: pleated, petal, organza, wool, lace, raffia, raw-silk, raffia tweed, brocade, jersey, gazar, chiffon, paillette tweed, tweed, taffeta, sequin, daped, v-neck, one-shoulder, knotted, asymmetric, embroidered, tulle, hand-bustled, jacquard, silk shantung

Key Looks: Blush one shoulder fan rganza embroidered blouse, tofee sequin brocade embroidered corset, ivory knotted draped jersey cocktail dress, cream soutache gazar bateau a-line cocktail dress, ivory gold paillette tweed coat, mint floral organza stapless dress, silk white organza blouse with floral detail, gold strapless embroidered column gown, stardust embroidered 3/4 sleeve gown with illusion neckline, rose printed strapless ball gown with exaggerated hand bustled skirt

-Alia Rajput 

Photo Source: WWD

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