(Closed) Monique lhuillier's new collection…what do you bees think?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you think of ML's new collection?
    I love her new collection! : (2 votes)
    50 %
    I like her new collection but wouldn't wear one! : (1 votes)
    25 %
    I don't like her new collection at all! : (1 votes)
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  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee

    @christinaval:  Lhuillier is a definite hit-or-miss designer for me. But when she is on…she is on. Unfortunately, this season is not one of those for me. I did find some quite stunning looks, though:

     

    This was her best separates/short dress look to me. Unencumbered and sophisticated. It doesn’t help that I adore brocade like no other.

     

    I call this the “glass-shard dress.” LOVE

     

    Clean, simple and moves like a dream:

     

    It does have a European influence, but it is too reminiscent of stuffy, aging monarchs, for me–esp. with all of the overcoats and capes. To me, the Rembo Styling gowns are more deliberately unaffected. So, aside from the wedding connection, I don’t see many similarities. Rembo reminds me of Claire Pettibone or Jenny Packham stripped of the intricate embellishments.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I love these dresses. They look much more elegant than a lot of the stuff that’s out now, IMO.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MlleFabuleux:  Glass shard all the way!!! With a sweetheart neckline and maybe longer sleeves:) I want it.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2005

    I love this one, at least on the model.  Not sure it would play quite so well with my curves.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee

    @christinaval:  For me, a couple of ~similar~ dresses isn’t enough to make two different collections alike. For example, the CH 2014 reminds me of Romona Keveza because of the fabrics used, the generally romantic silhouettes, and the more structured approach to the wedding gown. But these two designers have always reminded me of one another (of course with RK being the more flamboyant cousin to CH’s refinedelegance), so that might example might be cheating. 

     

    I think it comes down to the different connections our brains make. My crazy brain just makes different connections than yours, and vice versa. 

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee

    @christinaval:  I agree with you there. I mentioned in the VW 2014 thread that this new season is vastly different from the “creampuff” look that gained popularity from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. There has been a definite shift from the ethereal, swirling-fabric, diaphonous look to silhouettes with cleaner lines and more homogenous detail. 

     

    My point is that even within that description, there are a whole host of directions in which the designers can take this trend. Case in point: the VW SS 2014, although embracing simpler, unfussy styling, looks nothing like ML SS 2014 (nor does it look anything like Rembo). 

     

    This best sums up my “descriptions” of the three collections:

    • VW: 5th Avenue elegance
    • ML: modern European aristocracy
    • Rembo: garden party-chic

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee

    @christinaval:  Oh I’m not trying to disparage Rembo at all! I think of Claire Pettibone as “garden party-chic,” as well (because of the delicate, faerie-like feel I get from the gowns, I imagine it’d be perfect for a woodland wedding under the full moon, or something…). 

     

    Perhaps my overly-colorful descriptions caused my point to get lost in translation. I was hoping to illustrate that to me VW 2014 is distinctly American in it’s style (namely NY), while ML is more royal European. I was trying to explain how “clean lines,” as an umbrella descriptor, allows for quite a wide variety of styles to emerge (even without all of the frills and ruffles reminiscent of the late 2000s).

     

    For me, it’s still all about the different connections our brains make, so we’re just approaching from two perspectives. I think it’s cool to hear what you connect these collections with because I would not have thought of it on my own. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee

    @christinaval:  That makes sense. 🙂 I hadn’t heard of Rembo before, so the Sottero analogy better helps me put it into perspective. 

     

    And I see what you mean about the cleaner lines being more reminiscent of European styles for you (particularly the gown above). The way I approach fashion collections is as a whole, though. Of course specific pieces out of the collection are more similar to certain European cuts. But, on the whole for me, the VW collection, with its edgy, unapologetic attitude and monochrome details, is very classic NY to me (a la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys).

     

    But it would make sense that you’d associate American bridal fashion with ruffles and frills, because that is what is popular right now (esp. here on the Bee). I drew my comparisons and descriptions from my take on the various collections/trends/history of fashion as a whole (or at least my rather limited knowledge of it). 

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee

    @christinaval:  I am fairly familiar with her gowns (although I don’t see them very often on the Bee). I think of her style as very modern and sophisticated with a romantic, unfussy elegance (interestingly enough, she has the sort of unaffected style of an Aussie or UK bridal designer).

     

    I’m not getting married for a while, so I have yet to decide on my ceremony gown (though I’m leaning toward Lazaro or Romona Keveza). How about you? Did you go with an Amy Kuschel dress?

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