Get Dressed/ Designers
Kristin Booker • September 13, 2011

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 Collection

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com. Image courtesy of Style.com

To lovers of Monique Lhullier’s red carpet-ready gowns, the idea that her Spring/Summer collection boasted a “sporty, athletic edge” as she called it, may actually sound blasphemous. But Lhullier fans need not worry; the looks were as sexy as ever, with figure-flattering, activewear-inspired pieces included with her usual black tie fare. The collection’s color palette was keenly edited to black, white and a few bright colors – cobalt blue, canary yellow and hot pink – with lots of leather and lace.

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com. Image courtesy of Style.com

In accord with the sporty theme, the models’ hair was pulled back in a super-tight ponytail with a touch of red carpet glamour – eyes highlighted in electric blue liner. Lhullier’s opening looks, tight, color-blocked pieces with strappy backs, were reminiscent of Lululemon-esque yoga attire, strange as it may sound. As these simple silhouettes gave way to more detailed pieces – off-the-shoulder gowns with accented shoulders – the show took a turn for the swoon-worthy. A hot pink gown with bondage-esque leather accents and lace insets was simply stunning. Lhullier also incorporated lace into wrap tops and dresses, turning an otherwise classic shape on its head.

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com. Image courtesy of Style.com

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com. Image courtesy of Style.com

The show’s final few looks took a more bold approach to both color and shape; Lhullier’s whites, blacks and brights splashed across dresses in saturated brushstroke prints and dramatic gowns replaced the more body-con looks. The designer also experimented with texture, giving a cobalt taffeta gown a ruched bodice and oversized shoulder detail to match. The last gown, an unbelievable strapless piece in a gorgeous blue-and-white print, actually elicited gasps from the audience and made cameras in the photography risers flash eagerly with excitement.

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com. Image courtesy of Style.com

Lhullier took her bow in a black body-con dress not unlike pieces from this most recent collection, seeming genuinely pleased with the looks she sent down the runway. Guests of the show no doubt felt the same; Lhullier added to her repertoire of glitz for a new kind of drama: tight, sporty and almost aerodynamic – and it worked. Celebs will no doubt be fighting to wear the looks at their next premiere or award show.

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com. Image courtesy of Style.com

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