Monique Lhuillier Fall Collection 2016 is feminine and a little daring
This month saw the debut of the Monique Lhuillier fall collection for 2016, and the designer’s latest line is a feast for the eyes. We’ve picked out some of our favourite pieces from the new collection, and identified some themes that tie in with the exciting new styles for 2016 that we’ve been seeing so far, particularly since London Fashion Week back in September.
Strong themes have jumped out at us; there’s the key structuring trend, as seen in the Hartley, Aubrey and Peyton dresses, which feature tiers created of bold, firm forms and clean lines. There’s the feather-light texturing trend, seen in the Azalea and Elena dresses, as well as the Huntingdon dress – which also has elements of structuring. Bridal wear is getting a lot more daring this year; we’ve already been wowed by the ‘barely there’ creations from Vera Wang 2016, and many designers have been exhibiting lingerie inspired wedding gowns, such as Lhuillier’s Dulce, Getty, and Rayna dresses – the latter also displaying some beautiful texturing. There’s plenty of fusion within the collection, and certain trends marry together really nicely.
Leading naturally on from lingerie, there are also lots of 1960s and ‘70s influenced high hemlines making a comeback, as with the Mavis and Lea gowns, as well as the stunning Lana dress, a darling mini dress with a sweeping open skirt. Lastly, enduring since 2011, is the duchess wedding trend. Ever since Kate glided down the aisle at Westminster in her elegant and classic lace sleeved McQueen gown, every year we get more variations on the theme from all the top designers; but they are completely gorgeous. From Monique Lhuillier we have the Waverley, Winslet and beautiful blush Langham gowns. Lhuillier brings us ‘duchess with swagger’ here; there are the demure long, lace sleeves, but plunging necklines, or champagne pink rather than virginal white.