Monique Lhuillier never disappoints with her pre-collections, and for the 2016 pre-fall line, we were treated with luxe daywear, showing the range of the designer away from her standard of extraordinary evening gowns. It seems the designer likes taking the pre-seasons to focus on a more relaxed customer, who is looking for clothes that are just formal enough to be worn through daily events, but relaxed enough to give the customer a peace of mind while running through their day. But naturally Lhuillier had to add in some more flamboyant gowns, for good measure of course.
“It was all about this elegant, feminine mood with a bohemian twist,” the designer told WWD explaining the Monique Lhuillier pre-fall 2016 collection. “She’s a little more relaxed.”
In this collection, Lhuillier played with the vintage theme with silhouettes, patterns, and colors. Mustard, mauve, and muted green were used in varying combinations to create the cool, retro patterns on some garments. For this line, the designer chose to create her looks based on practicality for the modern woman, which is something a lot of her past work hasn’t concerned itself with.
“I think women are shopping for special items they can wear with jeans and can go from day to evening,” Lhuillier told Vogue. “No one has time to go home and change before an event anymore.”
In today’s fast paced environment, the designer couldn’t be closer to the truth. And so, she made sure to incorporate separates with interesting details, so as to allow them to be more toned down during the day, but stand out when worn to an event. Even her skirts and shorter dresses would be able to make the transition between day and night with the quick change of styling.
One trend the designer has created but not fully embraced yet is the significance of the evening pants. The concept gained airtime when a trouser/bustier combination fromLhuillier’s spring 2016 line was worn to a gala by Diane Kruger. This collection features one stunning pair of patterned turquoise pants that could just as easily make a groundbreaking debut. This type of trend could lead to a greater following for the designer by an edgier crowd or customers looking to take risks. If Lhuillier uses this trend to her advantage, there could only be great things to come, so here’s to hoping she catches the hint and we see more of this ensemble walking her future runways!
Overall, the Monique Lhuillier pre-fall 2016 collection held the same type of feeling as the “evening pant” in that it all felt easy. Lhuillier was looking to create this kind of thick fluidity that just breathed ease and relaxation, while keeping everything at a level of formality. She played around with youth and maturity, and reached a completely chic balance between the two, which is no simple task. So it is clear the designer is trying to reach out to a greater audience, and we just hope she finds her strengths and is able to create some beautiful art on the runway in the future.