The Monique Lhuillier spring/summer 2013 collection took attendees to the sea, with looks inspired by sea life and the ocean. Models strutted down the catwalk with long mermaid-like hair, slicked back and wavy at the ends. The show began with a hypnotising digitised print of a crane, in a palette of grey, white, and black in smart silhouettes such as fitted jackets, kimono-sleeve blouses, tailored pants, and shorts.
Volume was kept to a minimum this time, with stunning evening gowns and dresses tightly hugging the body. Subtle peplums contoured curves almost in the shape of a mermaid tail. Stunning silk chiffon gowns billowed along the catwalk, especially an one-shoulder aqua number – its fabric swimming through the air as it followed its wearer. Some dresses were printed with supersized fish-scales, koi, or ocean waves. Others were completely covered in pearlised shells, that glistened (and glistened some more), with every step. Navy blue laser-cut leather and jacquard came in the form of short jackets, cap-sleeve dresses, and shorts, its metallic lustre similar to how the moon shines onto the ocean at midnight.
While Lhuillier usually layers tulle on tulle for a striking effect, it was embroidery that stole the show this season. The last looks featured dazzling metallic embellishments swirling and curving all over the gowns like sea coral or the rippling of sand along the shore.
Check out some of our favorite looks in the gallery, courtesy of our amazing house photographer, Jane Kratochvil.