This season, Monique Lhuillier found inspiration in a piece of malachite. The gemstone’s deep green striations appeared at the end of the runway as the show opened with a series of winter white looks. Digital prints of feathers looked like knitwear on a floor-sweeping gown, without the weight. “It’s kind of like stepping into heaven a little bit,” said Lhuillier.
Concessions to daytime ended there—on to cocktail hour. A roomy A-line dress came pebbled in copper sequins before the embellishment disappeared in favor of printed takes on Baroque beading. A few close-to-the-body lace dresses hit a new length for Lhuillier, ending just above the ankle, a hemline the designer said “feels newer” (it’s also an ideal way to showcase her shoe collection, now in its second season). Lace catsuits with beaded dusters and cigarette pants with high/low tops offered convincing eveningwear alternatives.