Monique Lhuillier brought ladylike sophistication to the Spring 2013 catwalk at New York Fashion Week today. Nature-inspired digital prints were artfully positioned to create and enhance curves. The prints called on traditionally soft visual references like feathers and water, but Lhuillier really harnessed them to convey strength and confidence. While close cuts and lean lines defined much of the collection, there was also something of Dior's New Look to many of the silhouettes.
Color was used beautifully in unexpected ways for spring and summer. Lavender and white looked crisp and cool against black, while jewel tones like blue and fuchsia created a gorgeous technicolor sunset on Lhuillier's signature evening gowns. The sheer trend was delicate and feminine in a way that makes it look harsh and overtly sexual in other presentations. This was a solid collection that is sure to be amongst the best of NYFW.