Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 – New York Fashion Week Review

Considering her roots as a bridal designer who gradually made a foray into ready-to-wear, the red carpet and costume gowns for Hollywood movies, Monique Lhuillier presented surprisingly hard edges in her Spring 2012 collection.  Combining subtle femininity with 1980’s neon hues, Lhuillier made a bold attempt with black lace throughout form-fitting business wear and mini-dresses.  Although the mood softened a bit in her closing series of evening gowns, the tones were much darker than what was expected for spring – and certainly when compared to her stellar Garden of Eden-inspired Spring 2011 collection.  It was an admirable approach, but the prevailing preference is for the softly-tiered evening and wedding gowns that she is known for.

A model walks the runway at the Monique Lhuillier 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Edward James/WireImage)

Photos: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 – New York Fashion Week
all photos by Bibs Teh / Meniscus Magazine