Every season, one can only wonder what Ms. Monique Lhuillier will conjure for her dedicated followers, her cult of ladies that yearn for looks that flirt between elegance and relevance. The Spring|Summer 2014 collection debuted with pieces in colorful guipure lace, something reminiscent of and most notably incorporated in fairly recent Valentino collections. Splashed with color, it evoked a hint of nostalgia, but not long enough to feel dated or become stagnant.
One noticeable trait of the collection is the visual balance: darker colors, i.e. coral and poppy, are a contrast against the the nudes and creams, the layering is done with ease. For a majority of the collection, there’s a sense of symmetry. A pretty Zen. The collection is textured, coming in versions of delicately embroidered flowers, sophisticated trellises of sorts. Perhaps a floral theme for spring|summer wasn’t groundbreaking, but the wheel can’t be reinvented- it can only be reinterpreted. Organza and silk chiffon, devoted to various gowns, seemed to float. The fabrics, so light, made the pieces so effortless. They seemingly gave the sensation that the models didn’t feel the fabric enveloping their bodies.
And if there’s something that Ms. Lhuillier is an expert at, it’s the structure to the female silhouette. Years of experience have perfected her craft and she dares not stray from it, knowing that it’s one of her fortes. She knows how a lady should look. Without skipping a beat, the collection finished off with her signature dresses, which dazzled with sequins, capes or bare shoulders. And true to the season and its gender, the collection resonates something similar to a cosmopolitan cocktail, which proves to be more than just fun. It’s one that is done with good taste. | Giuseppe
pictures via Umberto Fratini