As I saw photos from backstage at Monique Lhuillier fill up my instagram feed, the words magical and fantasy leapt to mind. Another word that leaps to mind? Oscars. Someone has please got to get these gowns off the runway and onto the red carpet.
But first the daywear. It seems uncannily like the snowstorm that blanketed Manhattan is bang on trend for Fall/Winter 2013-2014. There has been so much fur and fantasy winter wear on the catwalk. Monique Lhuillier opened with a beautiful long sleeve winter white cable knit skate dress with a luxurious fur stole or collar that made me want to go skating in Lincoln Center, followed by champagne instead of cocoa. The winter white went from cozy and monochrome to modern with digital prints. There was definitely more than one winter princess look.
But it is obviously the more formal where Lhuillier really shines — literally, there was lots of sparkle. But Lhuillier is one of those runways, like Carmen Marc Valvo and Zac Posen, that reminds you that luxurious, detailed formal doesn't have to be flashy. If there's a way to make crystal and sequined dresses with flouncy feather hems subtle, this is the class of designers that does it. She definitely got the memo on Pantone's color of the year, as emerald was the major color story of the collection along with the black that she does amazing things with. Sheer this season has been much less about a matte sheer panel and more about sophisticated patterns. A body-skimming nude gown with intricate geometric jet beading was a dazzling showpiece as was a stunning red lace "pants for evening" creation that really romanticized and feminized what Jason Wu started on his runway. I'm thinking maybe Christian Dior wasn't as crazy as we all thought with its Fall 2012 Couture line; pants under skirts are really taking off this season, however unrealistic it is in the real world.
Her gowns are just extraordinary, the end of the show was just stunner after stunner. Leading ladies, take note.