DTX New York Fashion Week spring 2016
Spring Fashion Preview

Monique Lhuillier's spring 2016 collection breaks out in color riot

Monique Lhuillier's spring 2016 collection breaks out in color riot

Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 36
Monique Lhuillier two-tone sculptural evening gown. Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 29
Monique Lhuillier guipure lace crop top and floral skirt. Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 17
Monique Lhuillier two-tone guipure lace strapless column evening gown. Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 33
Monique Lhuillier royal blue cigarette pants and strapless top with train. Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 25
Monique Lhuillier flowing red halter evening gown. Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 24
Monique Lhuillier flowing evening gown in floral print. Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 36
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 29
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 17
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 33
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 25
Monique Lhuillier spring 2016 collection Look 24

Next spring is shaping up to be one of the brightest fashion seasons on record. Just about every designer is showing bold colors and bright florals — the kinds of clothes that customers love, particularly in Texas.

But probably no designer is getting with the program more than Monique Lhuillier, whose spring 2016 collection is a riot of color and her freshest in a while.

As a contemporary art fan thrilled with the opening of the Broad Museum in her hometown of Los Angeles, Lhuillier told New York Fashion Week reporters she was inspired by artist (and Two x Two honoree) Ellsworth Kelly — "especially the vibrant colors in his prints." she said. "I also wanted to get everything closer to the body."

The influence shows in her first look — a sleeveless emerald-green silk gazar mini shift with a jeweled floral neckline — and continues with flowing gowns in strawberry red, guipure lace tops in cobalt blue, smart coats in lipstick pink, and fitted strapless dresses in spring green.

Interspersed are coats, dresses, and gowns in a a Monet floral print, along with a few more subtle black and white looks at the end that pale by comparison with the colorful counterparts.

Particularly striking are a pair of royal blue cigarette pants with a cerulean strapless top and train, and a similarly structured gown with an orange column skirt and tomato red strapless top and train.

Only in her second season, Lhuiller is a relatively new entrant into the footwear market. But her shoes for this collection were just as colorful as the clothes, with satin heels in candy colors.