NEW YORK—The “dark side” of Monique Lhuillier couldn’t be more evident in her Fall 2014 collection. Imagine romance in hues of blacks and grays, skull prints and vinyl coats and you have a collection that evokes futuristic drama.
“It’s all about architectural details,” the Hollywood designer told The FilAm. “It was about being dramatic and stepping on to the darker side.”
Monique said she had never done “anything like this before” and wanted to try something new.
In one midi-dress, she used gray skull prints for a pair of bell-sleeves. It’s hardly noticeable from a distance. In others are embroidered cobweb prints.
Particularly captivating was the pairing of the lace net blouse and the leather A-line skirt. Edgy yet feminine. Lhuillier is so good at giving her ensembles nice visual balance.
So many gorgeous cocktail dresses. One that stood out was the silk fringe number with a geometric lace neckline. Other mentionables were the pale gold long-sleeved embroidered organza, which looked richly heavy though, and the embroidered cocktail dress in fuschia. The skull prints were so tiny, nearly hidden from the naked eye, that is, until one got close enough to the dress.
“Always wear what looks best on your body. It doesn’t matter what the trend is, everyone needs to wear what looks best on them, not what everyone else says they should wear,” has always been Monique’s fashion philosophy.
Stylist-Tina Laakkonen; Hair-Bob Recine for Moroccanoil; Makeup-Val Garland and The Mac Pro Team; Nails-Essie; Shoes-Monique Lhuillier Footwear; Undergarments-Commando