Monday Muse: Monique Lhuillier Blends Cali Casual & Old Hollywood

Monique Lhuillier fall 2018

Monique Lhuillier fall 2018

Monique Lhuillier probably won’t ever shed her red carpet reputation, but unlike designers who are sprinting to add athleisure to their offerings and pairing sneakers with just about everything, the L.A. stalwart is keeping her die-hard customers in mind. In a world that continues to get more and more casual, Lhuillier is maintaining a sense of decorum and holding fast to her glamorous DNA.

For fall, she combined Old Hollywood standbys with a more casual, relaxed feel. Citing California’s laid-back luxe as a point of reference, she loosened up a few of her signatures and added more casual, relaxed pieces to the lineup. Sweatpants they were not, but a velvet slipdress with rhinestone straps is just as comfortable as a nightgown—and younger shoppers are sure to flock to the photogenic sparkle offered by Lhuillier’s deft embellishment.

Monique Lhuillier fall 2018

Monique Lhuillier fall 2018

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Fans of Lhuillier’s greatest hits weren’t left out, however. Sheaths were available, along with floor-sweeping gowns. But there was an update, too. Lhuillier shortened hems just a touch, instantly injecting a youthful energy into the line. It was the perfect length to show off a statement shoe. Or, in this case, a matching one. Several looks had over-the-knee boots crafted in matching fabric, making for an instant Instagram-ready ensemble.

Capes were another fun addition (as was the generous use of eye-catching sequins), adding the nod to Old Hollywood and sure to appeal to shoppers of any age. Available in sheers, velvets and more, there’s one for just about any occasion. Red carpet affairs may be rare for real-life shoppers, but the fantasy should appeal to everyone.

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Author:Christopher Luu

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.