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Hot Hollywood designer goes for Oscar gold with dramatic collection at NY Fashion Week

Hot Hollywood designer goes for Oscar gold with dramatic collection

Monique Lhuillier gold gown fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier antique gold embroidered chiffon bias slip gown with rose gold faceted metal minaudière with caged crystal hardware. Photo by Greg Kessler
Monique Lhuillier dramatic finale side view February 2015
The show ended as all 36 models faced the audience. Photo by Greg Kessler
Monique Lhuillier gown fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier moss silk crepe back satin embroidered gown. Photo by Greg Kessler
Monique Lhuillier stiletto sandal
Monique Lhuillier debuted her new accessories collection, which features ankle-strap pumps with corset detail and metal geometric heel. Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin
Monique Lhuillier gown with cutouts fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier gunmetal silk burnout velvet one-shoulder draped gown with cutout inset. Photo by Greg Kessler
Monique Lhuillier satin dress fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier emerald hammered silk crepe one-shoulder dress. Photo by Greg Kessler
Monique Lhuillier copper burnout velvet long sleeve gown
Monique Lhuillier copper silk burnout velvet long-sleeve gown with open back. Photo by Greg Kessler
Monique Lhuillier gold gown fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier dramatic finale side view February 2015
Monique Lhuillier gown fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier stiletto sandal
Monique Lhuillier gown with cutouts fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier satin dress fall 2015 collection
Monique Lhuillier copper burnout velvet long sleeve gown

Maybe it's because she's based in the world's film capital, but Monique Lhuillier has a flair for the dramatic. Unlike many top designers who reside on the East Coast, Lhuillier has stuck to her southern California roots.

Her thriving Los Angeles-based business is fueled in part by her close relationships with Hollywood starlets and their stylists. Hollywood stylist Brad Gorenski, now a regular on Fashion Police, has long been a front-row regular at Lhuillier's New York shows.

With the Oscars just around the corner, Lhuillier showcased several body-hugging gold gowns at New York Fashion Week, which stylists are likely to tussle over for the big event. She also featured gowns, dresses and coats in jewel tones — emerald, plum, cobalt and teal — that the camera loves.

The collection was toned down from previous seasons — no big skirts or bright floral patterns — just figure-flattering eveningwear, some with cutouts; liquid satin dresses with a '70s vibe; lace sheaths and cigarette pants; and coats in mohair, shearling or a muted camo jacquard print. Lhuillier also featured strappy sandals and jeweled minaudières from her new accessories collection, which she debuted on the runway.

Lhuillier presented the collection in an unusual way, as a tiered platform stage took up half of the large theater at Lincoln Center. The 36 models weaved their way along the steps until the show ended with all of them facing the audience, who took in the entire collection in the dramatic finale.

Now that's entertainment.