Monique Lhuillier has a lot to be happy about, like a new collection and a hot – off – the presses coffee – table book celebrating her 25 years in fashion. ‘It’s a new day, and after all those hardship a year ago, it’s nice to be landing on our feet and starting to soar again’, she said on a call.
Infusing this collection is a buoyant feeling of optimism, emphasized through color, cut, and volume. Lhuillier photographed it in Italy once it was possible to travel again – note the lemon/floral print. ‘It’s not about the glitz for me – it’s about the intricacies of the details; how we cut and folded the chiffon, the beads that I use. Everything is more on the matte side’, she explained.
Lhuillier’s instinct to pare back strikes the right tone at a moment when many want to gather and celebrate being out of lockdown, while at the same time new Covid variants are creating uncertainty about the future. There’s gentle sense of freedom in a pastel midi dress with ruffles, and cherry polka dots feel like they’d be right at home in a 2021 versions of Funny Face.