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Monique Lhuillier is a collection that I always enjoy seeing but never expect to surprise me; the designer’s roots in bridal always portend beautiful dresses both short and long, plus lots of red carpet options. Lhuillier’s collections are generally pretty in a way on which everyone can agree. But Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York was something more than that. The cocktail dresses were lean and athletically inspired; the ball gowns were patterned or wrapped in leather.

There was plenty of the Lhuillier we know and love to be found with the classic proportions of the evening dresses, but the mood seemed altogether more modern and, to use an overused word, slightly edgier than you might expect from the bridal maven. These dresses might appeal more to the fashion set than the red carpet set, but here’s hoping that someone’s brave enough to wear one of the patterned (Is it tie-dye? Splatter print?) ball gowns to some sort of public event in the near future.

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  • Sana

    The black model is stunning.

  • Brandy

    I love this collection! Stunning dresses, great colors and patterns.

  • soleil

    intelligent pieces!

  • Kat

    Wow! Gorgeous! And you couldn’t have said it better. Although the silhouettes are classic Lhullier, the fabrics, the prints, the colors and the treatments sure aren’t. And she also upped the sexiness a bit, especially with those color-blocked, body-con dresses.

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  • Chele

    I adore this collection. The gorgeous blue dresses (especially # 6 and #19) really caught my eye.

  • rose60610

    #s 7-12 and the last four are beautiful. Wonderful collection.

  • Demi

    I love evry piece! Lhuillier seems a great designer who designs wearable clothes for the contemporary chic woman and not jut to impress! I’ll definately have her name in mind if I need to buy a very formal dress!

  • Lynn

    this collection is amazing! I love the red dress with the black lace sides and the bright yellow dress is awesome. job well done Monique Lhuillier!

  • MizzJ

    Beautiful! Nice to see this brand branching out a bit

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