It's hard not to fall in love with the romance of long gowns. As a designer, it's even harder not to fall into the cliche of designing for a fairytale princess. Monique Lhuiller was able to steer clear of Snow White by channeling the feel of a strong warrior and punctuating her flawless designs with powerful reds.
Monique Lhuillier Fall 2010
Who is the customer: Oscar nominees and black tie circuit
Why buy: Flawless beauty without the cliche
What to buy: We were captivated by the way the chiffon on this red gown moved. The asymmetric neckline is also a nice twist on a very classic design.
Bypass: The red duchesse draped gown with the floral skirt. The detailing was so heavy that it's hard to pay attention to the woman in the dress.
Overall contribution to fashion: Evening wear that shines.