September 11, 2006
Monique Lhuillier played it safe for spring, in a collection that reprised many of her past designs. Neat, jabot-fronted cocktail dresses reappeared, as did illusion necklacesa familiar trope. The designer's exploration of color was more promising; her palette of forest green, bordeaux, and black orchid was an interesting choice in a season of flowery pastels. Lhuillier also experimented with fabrics, using unexpected materials like roughly textured linen raffia for evening wear. Loyalists will certainly be able to make a wish list from this collectionwhich included many pretty and appropriate gownsbut overall, spring found Lhuillier stuck in a repetitive rather than innovative mood.