Monique Lhuillier is without a doubt one of the best, and most sought after, bridal designers in the world. You know when you wear a Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, you are wearing something special, hand-crafted with love with no detail spared to ensure that this day is the happiest day of your life.
So when Monique started presenting Prêt-à-Porter collections several years ago at New York Fashion Week, I was pleased as plum! Seeing her bridal work throughout the years made me confident that Monique had the goods to create more ready to wear pieces. Plus, since I have no immediate need for a wedding dress, it opened up the possibility that I could get a chance to wear a Monique Lhuillier creation too.
Expectations were high, but boy did she deliver. Season after season, Monique has stunned the fashion world by weaving bridal elements into her ready to wear pieces with such success, especially in her use of lace and sequins. This was certainly true with her Spring 2013 collection, shown last week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
Like her bridal work before her and yet still, her Prêt-à-Porter looks have such an ease to them, a simple sophistication that is so hard to achieve. Nothing ever looks overdone or forced. Even when showing enough sequins to blind someone, the look is utterly clean.
On the other end of the spectrum, designing Prêt-à-Porter gives Monique the chance to play with elements not normally available to a bridal designer. Her use of color, for example, is exquisite. This collection showed such a bright ocean color palette that you can tell Monique is really coming into her own in the world of Prêt-à-Porter.
I’m very much looking forward to when Monique designs more casual looks as I think she’ll do that beautifully too. Such a joy seeing her work on the runway…
Photos courtesy of Style.com.