Fashion Week technically starts tomorrow (gasp), but we just saw our first big fall 2009 presentation. And ... it didn't feel recession-y at all! Though last Fashion Week Monique Lhuillier staged a runway show in the tents, she showed her fall 2009 collection in an intimate presentation at the Oak Room on Central Park South this afternoon. She said she decided to show with the economy in mind, but did not design for the recessionary times. "I feel like in times like this you need to give people a reason to buy," she said. "I want to give people what they expect from me." And that is beautiful gowns, with layers of silk tulle and jewel embellishments, inspired this season by Ballet Russe. Models wore ripped tights on their arms and legs, underneath the evening gowns. "I wanted to give the collection an edgier twist," Lhuillier said of the juxtaposition.
Rather than standing awkwardly on a platform or posing on a set with lights beaming up at them, the models mingled with the crowd, so guests could see the clothes up close. (Yes, people still stared at them awkwardly, but that's no different than any other party with a bunch of models, right?) Sure, there was a moment when they got perhaps a little lazy and sat down at the bar, but in no time they were up and vamping for photographers.
Lhuillier only presented 12 of her 35 fall 2009 looks this afternoon, which enabled her to save money on models (buyers will see the complete collection at their showroom appointments). The Oak Room might have been cheaper than the tents but was also decidedly more elegant. Budget cuts weren't evident in the refreshments: Waiters passed mini-pistachio-macaroons, white wine, and Champagne (so if we make typos, you know whyerlskn — kidding!).
After the show, Lhuillier will prep for the Oscars. She's not sure if anyone will wear her dresses, but said, "I have a lot of great leads." She'll also plow ahead on her bridal line. "Bridal is more recession-proof than ready-to-wear. I feel like the wedding dress is one place people don't want to skimp out on," Lhuillier told us, adding that they're more likely to cut back on the guest list or other areas before the dress.
The cherry on top of the anti-recessionary ambiance was the crowd of editors, buyers, and fashion folk, dripping in designer clothes, $3,000 handbags, and the requisite Christian Louboutins. Ah, the Loubs. Fashion Week is really here!
Most Viewed Stories
What, Exactly, Are Melania and Ivanka Trump Trying to Sell?
Roxane Gay Calls Out Simon & Schuster After They Drop Milo Yiannopoulos
The Supreme-Branded Metrocard Is Here
The Single Guy Who’s Pretty Sure He Split the Bill
Self-Empowerment Is Just Another Word for Narcissism
Ask a Boss: Should I Try to Act Older at Work?
Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey Are Having the Time of Their Lives in New Zealand
Did Lena Dunham Shade the Wing on Girls?
Alt-Right Troll Milo Yiannopoulos Uses Campus Visit to Openly Mock a Transgender Student
We Finally Get to the Root of Katie and Tom’s Problems
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.