The red carpet during the upcoming Hollywood awards season could be a sea of ocean-inspired gowns if Monique Lhuillier has anything to do with it.
Lhuillier, a favourite source for celebrity gowns, presented her spring collection at New York Fashion Week on Saturday. There was a bright aqua lace gown draped with a tulle overlay that gave the illusion of rippling waves — and so did a one-shoulder tiered gown in crepe. A sea-glass green gown was embroidered with sparkly beads and had a low, sheer illusion back, and a textured jacquard strapless gown with a trumpet hemline was an underwater kaleidoscope of colours, including blues, greens and purple.
"The inspiration this season came from a wonderful trip I had in Turkey and I was on a boat and I was looking at the beautiful landscape and water and I was like, that's it. This is the feeling I want for spring," Lhuillier said backstage.
She added, "I wanted to have all the elements that had to do with the sea and so the evening gowns are very fluid and they look like mermaids that just submerged out of water, they even have their hair a little wet."
She played with the scale of fish-scale prints so they were blown up and muted on a very delicate teal-colored chiffon strapless down.
Many dresses (and as always on this runway, it's a lot of dresses) used stiffer, heavier fabrics to give them shape. Pearlized shells added heft to a racerback cocktail frock and one with a keyhole cutout on the bodice.
"The Emmys are coming up and some of the looks have been selected so they're on hold," said Lhuillier. Bet the gold, coral-embellished sculpted gown that served as the finale is one them.