"Resort is a little less fussy, so I gravitated toward cleaner shapes
that felt easy," said Monique Lhuillier of her new collection, which was
inspired by Palm Springs. The designer, who is best known for her bridal
confections and eveningwear, focused instead on modern separates,
including several pairs of relaxed trousers and casual, yet polished lace
T-shirts. Daytime sheaths featuring graphic prints like a warped
houndstooth and a fuchsia brick motif were embroidered with scraps of
leftover lace for a multilayered, textured effect.
Meanwhile, Lhuillier amped up some of her more standard cocktail fare with
the addition of cool capes, explaining that she liked the idea of
"arriving at an event with the full ensemble—cape included—then
peeling off that layer for an entirely different look." Her
stock-in-trade gowns felt sleeker and sportier. A curve-hugging column in
sapphire-colored lace had flattering tonal panels that snaked down the
side, while a full-on sequined number fit and draped like it was jersey.