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Behind the Scenes: #MLSpring17

09.26.16

For Spring Summer 17, Monique Lhuillier materializes a surreal fairytale haunted by the last dance, as music lingers with intent and mischief perfumes the air. This season’s sophisticate is never the first to arrive, but always the first to be noticed.

Reminiscing on 20 years of design with a sense of nostalgia, signature silhouettes are embellished with intricate detail in an impressionist palette of sunset, peony, lavender and sky. Floral embroideries creep up beaded organza and insinuate themselves at necklines, while maribou feathers whisper gossip at the feet of diaphanous gowns. Antique rose, lime and cotton candy are outlined by black and highlighted by metallics. Aquamarine and indigo are interrupted by the crisp accent of degradé pailettes, as oxidized sequins drip down sleeves to romance chantilly lace, Spanish tulle, and floral prints lit by lamé and jacquard.

As sensuous summer minks top fabrics that skim the body in flowing skirts and slinky playsuits, a structured lace blazer and perfect palazzo pant offer an eccentric take on ‘le smoking’. A smattering of hearts blush on a soft tulle skirt that dances on air. Bold self-ties in stiff, black grosgrain anchor flippant fancies at the waist.

Accessories add the final embellishments to richly-textured looks. Ankles are jeweled and laced with ribbons in flats and thin-strapped sandals with metallic heels. Laser-cut leather appliqués adorn soft suedes, and piped guipure lace in intricate day bags.

The overall effect is undeniably feminine, with a darker edge.