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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 Runway Review

Monique Lhuillier

Not that there was any doubt, but Monique Lhuillier certainly knows how to fit a woman. It’s easy to forget that there are more successful men working as womenswear designers than women but every once in a while, we’re treated to a collection by a female designer that proves women know what other women want.

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Sticking with this season’s burgeoning athletic trend, Lhuillier used intricate seaming and paneling to draw attention to the center of the body, therefore slimming the waist and hips. With a palette of cobalt, yellow, pink, black, and white, the designer added a hint of downtown edge to her usual red carpet favorites. Geometric shapes kept the color blocking from looking boring and the inset textures stole the show.

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The models wore intense ponytails that were slicked back and then teased, fittingly resembling an actual horse’s tail. The collection played to Lhuillier’s strengths as we saw a lot of cocktail and eveningwear but surprising hit looks included a lace-front cardigan and a ¾ length jacket with inset leather. A splatter paint print was a pleasant surprise and the final red carpet-worthy looks included a stellar water marble printed gown and black and navy off the shoulder dress that is guaranteed to end up on the best dressed lists.

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Photos: IMAXtree