The show notes from Lhuillier’s Fall 2012 collection welcomed admirers to her Floral Fantasy, a collection filled with ethereal, dreamy, frothy and romantic dresses. Her new bridal gowns are all that and more. They are also totally modern, quite sexy and (we think) open a new chapter in her story as a very prolific bridal designer.
This highly spirited and youthful collection gives Monique’s brides-to-be the lacy confections she is known for but manages to reinvent in a completely fresh way each season. She gave us sweet, short matte satin dresses and long, flowing chiffon gowns, beautifully draped around the body. She gave us a perfectly cool and slightly sporty long lace tank dress with a racer-cut back, the Brooke.
She also made tulle sexy. Her Emotion gown is cut close to the body in a fitted mermaid shape. The gorgeous sheer portrait neckline crisscrosses over the shoulders and décolleté and continues to wrap right down to the knees. This was one of the standouts in the collection, for its simplicity and modernity.
Lhuillier also exposed a bit of leg. She managed to make an organically cut and draped ball gown, the Bouquet, sizzle with a high cut up the thigh. Her brides were baring a little more leg with some of the tighter, fitted columns she showed as well. Some lean and clean, others with pretty floral beaded tank bodices.
Her floral fantasy wove its way throughout the collection as she promised. We loved the Moment gown, a frothy and sexy mermaid covered in floral embroidery with a sharply tiered tulle skirt. The sensual fit got a modest touch with three-quarter length sheer embroidered sleeves. Covered and uncovered. A hi-low play on skirt lengths looked fresh and new. The floral Garland ball gown stopped mid-calf to expose layers of pretty tulle.
Lhuillier’s collection artfully danced to two songs at the same time, skillfully dipping in and out of a modern beat to an old-fashioned romantic tune. Sometimes the two moods met in the same dress. Lace, tulle and ball gowns became sexy. Mermaids and cutout backs became modest with covered bodices and sleeves. Her touches of sheer illusion married these ideas perfectly while her wild floral blossoms kept the collection sweet and downright dreamy.