January 24, 2010 New York
Monique Lhuillier's signature ball gowns went missing for Spring, but pre-fall sees her returning to more familiar red-carpet territory. She said she was inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, and she did present a number of frocks worthy of a spot on best-dressed lists at the Oscars come March. Among them, a strapless nude crystal-embroidered number in laser-cut tulle, a body-hugging sequin look with a gold-to-black ombré design, and a third featuring a sequin bodice and a dramatic rosette-covered chiffon ball skirt. Lhuillier sprinkled in some less formal attire—including a pair of opulent yet wearable coats, one in brown matelassé with a beaded trim and another in tweed with an oversize black paillette detail—but she wisely focused on the elaborately constructed special-occasion pieces her customers know and love.
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