Monique Lhuillier is rethinking how she presents her fashion collections. In this era of major fashion industry evolution, the designer has opted out of a runway show to display her Fall 2017 collection in favor of a lookbook, which can better capture those sumptuous textures and details which can often get lost on runway photos. Think haute catalog. It’s business, after all.
Lhuillier describes her Fall collection as decadent, and oh yes it is. She put away the lace that has weaved through the last couple of collections in the form of fab pencils, and pumped up the volume in sheer indulgence.
Tulle gowns, fur embellishments, velvet jackets, confetti, sequin, and gem studded mini dresses and maxis, and some major statement sleeves happening with the puff, angel and flounce. Love. Pants are wide, including a cropped black pair with a white shirt and gold sequin bolero jacket. And big florals were splashed all over full gowns, mini dresses, pants, and a cape in an almost Impressionism style.
Personal favorites include the sheer navy sequin gown with capelet, the black velvet top with pink and silver puff sleeves and grey wide leg pants, the black bead-neck gown with high center slit, and the black tulle high-neck gown with feather shoulders, hiding half of its sequins and embroideries under layers of tulle.
Lhuillier is definitely shifting toward a new, fresher aesthetic with a heavier focus on catering to a slightly younger crowd than before. It looks like she’s tempering a balance between this new foray into separates and more timeless red carpet and event gowns. A smart move for the transition collection, and I think she nailed it.