Monique Lhuillier's upcoming spring-summer collection at New York fashion week was a breeze of warm pastel colours.
Soft shades of pink, green and yellow were sent flowing down the runway.
“It was all about this beautiful sunrise that I experienced when I was in the Caribbean. And you know, all of those beautiful pastels that you see right during sunrise. And that was the starting point for me with the colour pallete. And I wanted it to be bright, very reflective and shimmery and luminous,” said the designer.
Floral appliqué and beading were used on tops, dresses and collars, and metallic offerings gave Lhuillier’s line a punch as she peppered the effect throughout.
As evening wear hit the runway, the designer used sheer fabric and lace on both cocktail and evening dresses.
Hervé Leger may be known for its iconic bandage dresses, but the label proved it is capable of producing much more at this New York Fashion Week, with kimono-style dresses and deep V-necklines.
“My inspiration for the collection is a modern day onna-bugeisha, which is a Japanese warrior woman, and I wanted to bring to this collection the femininity, the strength, the journey of a woman,” said Hervé Leger Fashion Designer Lubov Azria.
The skintight bandage dress – a favourite among Hollywood celebrities ever since it was introduced by the brand in the 1980s – was also present in the collection, in an upgraded version with beads, studs and metallic embellishments.
Gingham featured heavily in Diane Von Furstenberg's New York show.
“The theme of the new collection is called Riviera and it’s inspired by the South of France in the Fifties with Brigitte Bardot and with Picasso and Matisse and the happiness and the colours and the white. All of that,” said the iconic designer.
It was a collection that was as lighthearted and complication-free as a perfect summer beach holiday, complete with ultra mini shorts, bikini bra tops and side-wrap skirts.
Von Furstenberg’s classic wrap dress also took on various shapes and colours, including a hooded one and the chiffon “boudoir” modeled by catwalk celebrity Naomi Campbell for the finale.