Get Dressed/ Designers
Kristin Booker • February 20, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Runway Recap: Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012 Collection

Photo: Matteo Volta and Imaxtree.com. Image courtesy of ELLE.com

FSB Contributor Lauren Lipsay was on the scene to cover the must-see collection from the amazing Monique Lhuillier. Let’s see her review of the collection:

Monique Lhullier gave us a lesson in seduction with her Fall/Winter 2012 Collection that we won’t soon forget. Gathering details from her Spring/Summer 2012 collection (continuing a motif of figure-flattering silhouettes combined with racing car sporty sleekness), this autumn collection, rendered mostly in leather, made for one sexy, vampy closet. If Lhullier was dressing the sporty girl last season, she’s now turned her attention to the siren, territory where her eye for feminine shape and detail make her a fierce competitor.

Photo: Matteo Volta and Imaxtree.com. Image courtesy of ELLE.com

Lhullier’s sleek aesthetic was repeated in everything from the runway through the clothes. The stage was a slick, glossy black with mirrors standing tall at the back of the runway, allowing the lights to reflect dramatically. Super-strappy Manolo Blahnik shoes and a severe, slicked-back hairstyle added to the sultry effect.

Photo: Matteo Volta and Imaxtree.com. Image courtesy of ELLE.com

The clothes sent down the runway were indicative of Lhuillier’s fiery mood – red, black and blazing orange tempered only slightly by a touch here and there of grey or the flash of luxurious gold. Two prints – dubbed “volcano” and “lava” – added heat along with printed lace for touchable texture. The other details could have been taken from a handbook on seduction: waists and shoulders seemingly harnessed with figure-flattering black leather bands and leather and lace cutouts providing an alluring peep show of just enough flesh. Even though Lhullier tried to broaden her collection with skinny pants and jackets, it was the dresses that stole our hearts and sent thoughts into the fine art of manslaying.

Photo: Matteo Volta and Imaxtree.com. Image courtesy of ELLE.com

The celebrity-packed front row delighted in the plethora of decadent, red carpet-ready gowns in the collection. A variety of dress options were shown, from a noir body-hugging sequined sheath to the closing look – a red feathered confection of Latin influence. There’s no doubt that Lhullier’s seductive pieces will find their way to the top of many a best-dressed list this award season.

Photo: Matteo Volta and Imaxtree.com. Image courtesy of ELLE.com

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