Many designers draw their inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood, even if they come through different routes. A few weeks after Alessandro Michele brought her Gucci line to the cinema in California, Californian Monique Lhuillier took hers to Paris and New York.
For the record, Lhuillier’s declared reference is the Gatsby glamor of the deco era, but his feathered and sequined dresses, many of which are associated with capes adorned with transparencies, are also part of the tradition of costume designers like Adrian and Bob Mackie.
This is Lhuillier’s 25th year of activity, a milestone that she marked with a monograph, the achievement of which has shed light on her past work, and not only in images. For her own disguised birthday party, Lhuillier donned a shimmering dress from a previous collection. It was such a big hit that it became the touchstone for fall 2022. The irony, the designer said, was that the first time around, no one really answered it: âI think the people weren’t ready for that at the time. ” What changed ? We’re in a flashy fashion period, and this dress offers a bit of glitter and glamor. Even when she does full-fledged sequins (this season is a custom green), Lhuillier avoids showgirl territory; the designer is known for his sophisticated and feminine looks rather than too many.
âI always want a little ease in the silhouette, so you’ll see a lot of movement,â she explained. It’s there in soft fabrics, sheer overlays and the marabou that adorns a white column dress with an attached winged cape, an award-winning look if ever there is one.