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Sizzling Women's Spring 2009 Fashions - Milly, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, and Chris Han PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   

Monique Lhuillier's Aqua with Stone Belt and Neckline - Women's Spring 2009 FashionLadies, get ready for sizzling spring 2009 fashions from Milly by Michelle Smith, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, and Chris Han seen on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runways in New York.



In September 2008, when most people were just barely beginning to plan their fall wardrobes, Luxury Experience was making the rounds of the Spring Summer 2009 shows at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows in our continued efforts of "Bringing the Experience of Luxury to You."

Michelle Smith - Milly Edward F. Nesta and I attended designer Michelle Smith's Milly by Michelle Smith Collection which featured 45 impressive looks for Spring Summer 2009 that included bikinis, blouses, dresses, coats, sweaters, trousers, shorts, jackets, and caftans. The collection elicited a 70s feel as models hit the runaway to the Doors song "Love her madly." Think ring bikinis as well as crocheted bikinis; Nehru jackets, embroidery on dresses, shorts, and tops; asymmetrical looks, hand beaded sweater vests, hand beaded bolero sweaters, and lots of ruffled looks for a sexy, flirty look.

Milly by Michelle Smith Models
Milly by Michelle Smith Models

Michelle used a color palette of white, coconut, ecru, bark, chocolate, mocha, olive, bronzed metallic, gold, aqua, persimmon, watermelon, lavender, chartreuse, sun, citron, and orchid in her collection.

Milly by Michelle Smith Design Milly by Michelle Smith Design
Designs from Milly by Michelle Smith

A few of the highlights included a Lavender silk crepe-de-chine lace trim dress; Aqua silk chiffon floral tie-dye print ruffle dress; Citron silk georgette Indian trellis print butterfly-sleeve dress; Watermelon silk chiffon floral tie-dye long ruffle dress with bark cotton crochet bikini; and Wild paisley silk jacquard caftan.

Milly by Michelle Smith Design Milly by Michelle Smith Design
Designs from Milly by Michelle Smith

Monique LhuillierWe were also impressed with designer Monique Lhuillier, who showed a collection of 39 feminine, pretty looks of blouses, jackets, skirts, dresses, cocktail dresses, gowns, coats, and pantsuits with lots of beautiful details including jewel work on necklines, sleeves, and belts, and she used sensuous and frothy fabrics including organza, chiffon, lace, silk georgette, and silk tulle, in her creations. Her color palette was a mélange of neutrals and bright colors that welcomed the season in ivory, opal, natural, nude, sand, gold, nectar, corn silk, pearl, sand, rouge, sage, celadon, azure, Pacific blue, lagoon, navy, and noir.

Monique Lhuillier Design
Designs by Monique Lhuillier

She brought out the glamour with a Pacific blue silk chiffon halter cocktail dress with embroidered waistband and neckline; Gold silk chiffon embroidered dress with low-draped back; Silk white georgette criss-cross halter gown; Nectar mousseline chiffon one shoulder cocktail dress with gold embroidered neckline; a Nude French tulle strapless cocktail dress with noir seamed tulle overlay had lots of pizzazz; as did a Rouge mousseline chiffon asymmetrically pleated bodice gown with exaggerated sleeve and coral cuff. Actress Malin Åkerman of the film, 27 Dresses, was among the many VIPs in attendance at the Monique Lhuillier show.

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Designs by Monique Lhuillier

Malin Ackerman at Monique Lhuillier Show
Malin Åkerman
at Monique Lhuillier Show

Reem AcraFor her Spring Summer 2009 Collection, designer Reem Acra showed 40 looks with an exciting color palette of flamingo pink, delicious pink, punch, watermelon, raspberry, red, garnet, tangerine, coral, sunshine, medium blue, cobalt, clover, sea green, gold, silver, ivory, tan, black and ombre. Embroidery, pleated skirts and dresses, asymmetrical looks, and side bows took center stage in the collection.

The collection included skirts, dresses, jackets, tunics, caftans, kimonos, and gowns. A few of my favorite highlights of the collection included a Sunshine chiffon pleated dress; Tile embroidered tunic ensemble; gowns featured lots of backs with attention getting details; Sterling silver lame tulle asymmetrical gown; Mediterranean blue dupioni pleated gown; Tangerine chiffon paillette dress; Golden jacquard organza dramatic draped dress; Raspberry and tangerine charmeuse wrap; and Tan charmeuse kimono with chiffon insets.

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Designs by Reem Acra

Chris HanRounding out our fashion show roster was designer Chris Han, who showed a collection of 33 looks for her Spring Summer 2009 Collection featuring a color palette of black, white, antique brown, dove grey, slate grey, sand, taupe, smoked sepia, sea foam, moss green, and goldenrod. Look for skirts, (pencil skirt, high waist skirt), tops, jumpsuits, jackets, tunics, shirts, wide leg trousers, dresses, and gowns from this powerhouse designer. Fabrics include washed crepe de chine, satin georgette, cotton, linen, taffeta, satin georgette, silk chiffon, silk organza, and silk mesh, with antique beading, ruffles, pleats, sequins, and hand rusched details.

Chris Han Models
Chris Han Models

A few of the many highlights from her collection included two gowns, a Dark dove grey silk chiffon gown embellished with antique beading, and a Goldenrod beaded and draped silk organza gown; Shell colored silk satin bustier with embellished silk organza skirt; Goldenrod empire silk organza dress with sequined top; Antique brown "ray of light" chiffon strapless dress with blush lining; and Dove grey double sided taffeta jacket and draped silk chiffon dress.

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Designs by Chris Han

As always, remember, that when it comes to fashion, it is not only about what you wear, it is also how you wear it! Know your own style and have a fashionable season!

For information on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York or other Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week International shows, please visit the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website at:

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