Bright florals and generously feminine silhouettes have been a major part of almost every Monique Lhuillier release to date. For Resort 2015, the designer conjured visions of a lush botanical garden to inspire her collection- which resulted in an offering that is a vivid visual feast of florals!
This season, Ms. Lhuillier adopted a remarkably fresh approach for her collection; instead of relying on a strict colour palette or theme, she chose to symbolize her ideas through bright fabric prints and ornamentation. It’s quite a novel idea that felt extremely fresh and fun, especially since it played perfectly into Ms. Lhuillier’s signature quirky taste.
There were lots of ideas at play- Ms. Lhuillier covered almost every look in bright blossoms, staring with a series of flounced dresses and jackets swathed in a busy botanical print. These gave way to vines of twisting blossoms, a vintage English-rose type print in red and blue and a vivid- almost 3D- abstract floral motif. Elsewhere flowers were represented in girly butterfly and flower embroidery, lace patterns and in glimmering crystal and bead appliqués.
As I mentioned above, Ms. Lhuillier tacked this season’s offering from a new vantage point- leisure was key for Resort 2016. “I wanted it to be feminine and easy; there’s a relaxed element to the clothes… I really just wanted everything to feel more relaxed,” she remarked on her new found method.
You can immediately sense her laid-back, uninhibited approach in this season’s array of two-piece ensembles and separates: a white tuxedo jacket with an embellished lace back was quite smart, especially when paired with trim white trousers and one of the collection’s versions of crisp white shirt. Elsewhere, there were variations on the chic tunic- and- palazzo- pant pairing in silk faille and lace, there were tie- waist shirtdresses, patterned button-down shirts, tailored trousers, embellished midi-length skirts, sheer khaftans, ruffled bolero jackets and modish shift dresses. Ms. Lhuillier’s sweet, tea party aesthetic was represented in a series of flirty silk faille cocktail dresses with trim bodices and full skirts, and patterned bubble- skirted cocktail minis.
A series of plainly-cut evening looks in black and white silk brought a refreshing minimalist vibe to the offering, while some standout looks of black lace covered in miniscule butterfly and flower appliqués gave the collection some serious (so fabulous) red- carpet drama.
My favourite looks include a buttercup yellow shift dress with an embellished floral neckline, a crisp white jumpsuit with cobalt blue piping, a white lace two-piece trouser ensemble, a cocktail gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt covered in bright embroidery and a tie-waist lace shirtdress with a bright blue collar. These looks are fabulous- feminine, elegant and a little kitschy while still remaining eminently wearable and chic.
Monique Lhuillier Resort 2016 is a fantastic, effortlessly elegant collection and I’m totally loving it! I’m already predicting that this will be a big hit once it hits stores in November as it’s an extremely consumer-friendly collection. Almost every look presented can be worn to most events with event specific styling, while the large array of two-piece ensembles and separates allows buyers the ability to mix and match individual pieces to their hearts content.
As for me, I’d wear almost any piece from this collection in a heartbeat. I’m getting that gown- it’s just too fab!!
Xx – Ana