Month: September 2010

Lanvin for H&M

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Monique Lhuillier

MBFW is over, but I’m not done yet.

Monique Lhuillier is probably best known for her bridal line – in fact, her dresses are among the most lusted-after by brides everywhere. In 2002, she launched her evening wear and ready-to-wear lines, which have since became almost as popular on the red carpet as her wedding dresses are down church aisles. Her Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection showcased her trademark romantic, premiere-ready gowns, but I was a wee underwhelmed. While every look was beautiful, nothing made me gasp … or made me regret not being a Hollywood starlet with a well-connected personal stylist.

Take this dress: I love anything that involves illusion netting and/or tulle and/or sparkles, so this should be a slam dunk. I don’t hate it exactly, but … from the waist down I’m not fond of it. Perhaps I would have liked it more if there wasn’t such an abrupt transition from the sparkles to the tulle, or if that transition was not quite so, um, crotch-adjacent. Nonetheless, I am sure we will be seeing Taylor Swift in this dress on the red carpet in no time; girlfriend loves sparkly dresses more than I do.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

This dress is sooo close. I love the silhouette, the tulle (organza?) overlay, the bow, and I don’t even mind the appliques. The problem is that the appliques, in combination with that colour, remind me of dead leaves and graveyards. It’s all a little, um, Corpse Bride. Sorry, I can’t help it!

 Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

This, on the other hand, I will not quibble with. It’s lovely. A little bit bridal, but lovely. I love the soft colour palate and, of course, the flower print.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

For me, this was the closest to a “wow” moment. I love the different washes of colour (in what looks like chiffon) blending together like a moving watercolour. This look is all “water nymph”, and I love it! I would love to see a redhead wearing this on the red carpet. Perhaps, dare I say it, Bryce Dallas Howard?

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011 ready-to-wear (via Jezebel)

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – One Stop Plus

I was super excited to read about MBFW’s plus sizes fashion show sponsored by OneStopPlus.com, an online retailer of plus size clothing and lingerie. One hopes it is a sign of things to come, especially if more designers get in on the act. There was talk recently of Marc Jacobs doing a plus size line, which would be a great start.

Here are two of my favourite looks from the show, which illustrate that you can be just as adventurous as you like, style-wise, at any size. 

I love the plum tones and the gorgeous leather (if I am not mistaken) jacket. Putting a darker tone in the same colour family on the bottom creates a really flattering look. And the pants are fantastic – cropped and straight!

Photo via Jezebel

And I LOVE this look! Here is a true bombshell. The wide belt helps accentuate the waist, and those shades of lavender and mauve just pop against the chocolate brown, and make the model just glow. Those would not be my first choice of footwear, but the rest of this look is so stunning … who’s even looking at her feet?

Photo via Jezebel