Monique Lhuillier’s evening collection for spring was one of her best. A spirited yet charmingly sophisticated lineup, it included lots of youthful shapes that were done in surprising bursts of bright colors — sometimes solid, often in fun splatter prints that could easily seduce her ladies away from the safety of black.
An emerald-green silk gazar mini shift with a jeweled floral neckline opened the show and elegantly set the tone for her strong gemstone palette. A fuchsia guipure lace crop top over a long-sleeve white silk poplin tunic and cobalt lace pencil skirt — as well as the same look in an orange and magenta dress — were two of Lhuillier’s best-of-show. She dressed the concept up a bit with a long, lean strapless dress in emerald and fuchsia, while giving a lighter, softer touch to a pink-lined, white silk satin organza pleated skirt and cropped bandeau top with wide straps, done in tiny black and white floral guipure lace.
Although the mood was totally different, everything Lhuillier showed in her brights-on-white, scribble-printed lace and embroidered-tulle group or in her splatter-printed chiffon offerings were knockouts. In contrast, there were few unsuccessful dresses, which ranged from too ordinary to too excessively detailed. But Lhuillier clearly knows how to cater to her loyal customers — as well as attract a whole new breed.