February 08, 2014 New York
The skull was more obvious on a digitally printed neoprene dress. In that case, the rendering wasn't lovable, but the silhouette—a high neck and a bell sleeve with a midi trumpet skirt—was. Worn with a pair of current-looking mules, it would have fared better in plain black. Indeed, Lhuillier's LBD—a fitted, mid-calf style with a slight sweetheart neckline—blew away her grander gowns. The ball-skirt styles—black, embroidered with fuchsia baroque flowers—will please her loyal eveningwear customers, but the real red-carpet standout was a blush-colored beaded number with long, sheer sleeves and a high-low hem. It was pretty, yes, but worn with little blush lace booties of Lhuillier's own design, it was also irresistible. And the designer knew it. "I had to throw one angel in there," she said.