By some happy twist of kismet, I landed a ticket to the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012 Fashion Show on Saturday night. With a sprightly step and a smile in my heart, I hailed a yellow cab: "Lincoln Center, please". I felt so fancy.
Once inside, I decided to forgo the coat check, which, by the way, was sponsored by Barbie. My daughter would later be most impressed when I told her.
I found my seat without a hitch and was thankful that the petite lady wearing an imposing black monument on her head didn’t end up sitting in front of me. Lights down. Spotlight on. Music thumping. And they were off!
Did Monique design this collection just for me? Down the runway, one after another, came bold, Orientalist strokes of black and red, modern molten prints, and leather corset belts. There were sequined shoulders, there was leather, flowing wool crepe, georgette, and there was lace. I decided that yes, Monique did in fact design this collection just for me.
I was so taken with a red crepe long sleeved seamed gown with a leather cross back and shoulder detail, (see picture one), that seemed to me to be a modern riff on 1930s glamour, that I hastily tweeted her collection to be “30s glam”. Um, no. I take that back. The collection was more 1950s overall. Clearly my 1930s predilection momentarily clouded my memory. Sometimes a dress can do that.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy every piece. On the contrary, I loved it all.