Monique Lhuillier – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
Flowers make their way into almost every Monique Lhuillier collection, but Resort in particular conjured up visions of a lush, sprawling garden. “I really just wanted everything to feel more relaxed,” explained Lhuillier. You could immediately sense her laid-back, uninhibited approach: Instead of a strict palette or theme, there were lots of ideas at play, from intricate embroidery to electric cobalt lace to dizzying surreal prints. It felt fresh and fun, especially as things are shifting away from minimalism toward quirky, individual taste.
In some ways, Lhuillier was reacting to Fall, “where everything was covered up and close to the body,” as she put it. One way she broke that down was by focusing on two-piece ensembles instead of her signature dresses—see the white gazar midi skirt covered in a toile-like rose print and matching bandeau. That sweet, tea party vibe gave way to a kaleidoscopic digital floral print that was so vivid it almost felt 3-D. The designer employed it for a sweeping ball gown and a matching trumpet-sleeve cape. Her more daring clientele will no doubt take it for a spin on the red carpet. The freshest pieces, though, were the ethereal, delicate embroidered tulle dresses covered in butterflies, flowers, and twisting vines. They were feminine and kitschy in the best way—and eminently wearable, too, begging to be paired with nude stilettos or flat sandals alike.