Does fairy tale magic ever go out of style?
Monique Lhuillier blended the old and new with her 20th anniversary collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) SS17, paying homage to her classic styles and cuts, and venturing into darker hues for evening wear. I was thrilled to be the observer of a plethora of sparkles sprinkled across dresses, gowns and the entire runway. With an imagination rooted in fantasy and romance, she always ensured that the fashion industry was ready for her updates on the timeless concept of fairy tales. With an early preview for us front row seaters!
My favorites included a blush gown with paint like splatters and florals in metallic silver, as well as a plethora of pastel hued gowns in lilac, whites and pinks with incredibly detailed and heavy stonework embroidery accenting the sleeves, midriffs and bodices.
Lace, as was the synonym for magic this season, arrived in abundance, with a sea green embroidered accent over a lace dress, a bejeweled polka dot dress, and interlaced with feathers that stood out in a green embelished and upward stroke printed dress, as well as a substitute for shoulder stoles and shawls.
The gowns and dresses had been made with precision and attention to detail, and each had a layer of whims on them. Be it the angular triangle back on a mermaid fin style coral gown, an upgrade to a simple cotton sunset hued horizontal stripe country girl dress, or the use of black belt, chokers, slim scarves or wide sashes to tie the collection together.
There were several jumpsuits in her collection, a new mainstay for couture seen at Naeem Khan too. Dressed up in floral embroidery, oversized sequins, and accessorized with ribbon belts or bow straps, these showcased how modern women and princesses preferred the pants, too! A white one with a detached blazer and front and back jeweled floral embroidery was a particular standout.
The darker pieces, a first for the fantasy land collection, but probably a foray into seduction and nighttime, included a deep V white and silver cutout gown, an allover sequin slip dress with a black cloth belt, a black cutout dress with mirrors and sequins and lace black shorts with an almost casual mirror mosaic top. With a penchant for all things sparkly and shiny, these styles mandated sunglasses when peering closely from the runway audience! The feathery black dress with sheer halter style pull up sleeves, as well as a polka dotted black mesh dress lent coy and charm to the soiree style. Mischievous and borderline brash while retaining the fairyland princess vibe, these dresses showcased the naughtier side of the ethereal persona that the brand stood for.
With a blurry vision of spinning sequined dreams, fuzzy feathers, glittering sparkles and classic fantasies, Monique Lhuillier once again showed that magic could never languish, but rather be reinterpreted and updated, time and time again.