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DESIGNER:
Monique Lhuillier

INSPIRATION: Chinese warrior and military suits. Strong silhouettes with a tough, chic edge. Long sleeves, high necks, strong shoulders with short skirts.

TOP LOOKS: Crimson halter dress with gold leather chain embroidery; black crocodile embossed velvet dress with smoke and gold chain embroidery; navy chiffon halter gown with black lacquered braided belts; black and nude pleated tulle gown with nude floral embroidery.

ACCESSORIES: Chunky cocktail rings, lace stockings

WHO WAS THERE: Heavily made-up uptown ladies, magazine editors

WHAT WE THOUGHT: When you think Monique Lhuillier, you think red carpet. And her Fashion Week Fall 2010 collection--full of dramatic evening gowns and sexy, body-con dresses--will undoubtedly face more than a few paparazzi flashes. Deep crimson reds and dragon printed jacquards reflected the Chinese warrior theme Monique was feeling, while the lace, tulle and chiffon were classic Hollywood glam. The frayed tweed suits, as beautiful as they were, were a little too derivative of Chanel for our taste. The slate metallic lace column gown with a scalloped neckline, on the other hand, was Monique at her strongest.