Runway Report: Monique Lhuillier SS17

When you’re known for romanticism and magic we can imagine the pressure is on each season to showcase more sparkle, in turn sparking more interest. Monique Lhuillier may be reputable for the same notion but what makes her different and therefore successful each fashion week is her ability to churn out updated versions of fantasy and romance, keeping the industry on the edge of their seats come showtime.

After creating wonders in womenswear for 20 years, Monique looked back at some of her early collections for inspiration. After all, does magic really ever go out of style?

Observing classically shaped dresses we can see how Lhuillier put a modern spin on things to keep her collection current and more fitting for the today by adjusting hemlines to create midi-lengths and high leg slits. Keeping the magic alive for any present-day princess in the room, the designer added floaty feathers, sequined adornments, beading and chokers into the mix. An example of this vintage modernism could be found in the shape of a sheer almond knee-length dress with bright sea-foam green embellishment and light whispy feather detailing stroking upwards from the waist above a black belt.

Tonal shades of eau de nil, opaque lavender, powder blue and blush nude strode down the catwalk, leaving the audience gasping for air while snapping an incredible amount of images almost in fear that the collection may disappear. As far as excitement goes, what designer doesn’t love that type of reaction and as far as designers lie, Monique Lhuillier is a magician. Fact.

About the Author

Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji