NEW YORK, Mar 5, 2011 / FW/ — Monique Lhuillier presented a strikingly chic and seductive Fall 2011 at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week. New York enjoyed a parade of black, blush, scarlet and lace of lean and structured silhouettes.

Feminine details of ostrich feathers and delicately frayed tweed separates, demanded the camera. Suiting focused on the precision of fit and the exaggerated shoulder. Pencil skirts and cigarette pants were paired nicely with fitted or gathered chiffon and lace blouses.

The chosen color palate welcomed the return of the cheetah and leopard print this season. The prints served as the perfect facet to carry throughout the story. Pairing a variety of feminine details with well-tailored suiting and separates served as a strong introduction.

Texture was strikingly beautiful and on point. Cashmere was cross cable hand-knitted, into a ruffle peplum waist jacket. The garment was also offered in a black knee length version and finished with a simple ribbon waist belt.

Ostrich feathers and beadwork, decorated a number of novelty pieces. A major crowd pleaser was a black opaque re-embroidered lace jacket with a feather ruffle detail. The delicate trimmings were found on a variety of pieces including stunning cocktail dresses and carried into evening wear.

Trumpeting tufted and/or draped gowns were predictably ravishing. Asymmetrical necklines and one-shoulder silhouettes were all embellished with chiffon layers falling behind. Gala pieces appeared as corseting leopard prints, scarlet embroidered chiffon and espresso sequined cheetah marvels.

Closing the Fall 2011 celebration; black Chantilly lace embroidered bodice completed by a full ostrich feathered skirt. The collection was strong, it was special, and truly showcased a promising season.

Photos courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

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