Monique Lhuillier, known mainly for her gowns, showcased her spring collection at New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently. There was a lace gown theme with crepe drapes, we also saw tulle overlays and one-shoulder tiered gowns in more crepe, some were embroidered with sparkly beads and had low backs others with strapless corsets, the palette overall included blues, greens, maroon, gold and a dash of purple. The scale of fish-scale prints was the highlight of the show, this outfit needed blown up scales with teal-colored chiffon layering. It reminded me of a corporate mermaid going to work in the height of the summer. Stiff, coarse and heavy material gave the fabrics shape and the appropriate impact most buyers look for. The gold, coral-embellished sculpted gown has got to be FashionThirst's fave outfit out of the collection. There was definitely a sense of sea, coral, sea shells, aqua variants, mermaids and oceanic waves throughout the show. Perhaps that's why the FashionThirst team felt like going for a swim straight after ! The monochrome swimsuits brought a long overdue, refreshing air of simplicity to swim wear. Bikini/Swimwear season maybe over stateside but for us in Europe holiday season is all year round we get generous annual leave entitlement (but how long for with the crash of the Euro ?) so we are more than happy to view these new designs. All in all a delightful show, a true reflection of innovative designs influenced by experiences outdoors/overseas now maybe it's time to book that beach holiday maybe after London Fashion Week has ended.