Monique Lhuillier is showing off her footwear for New York Fashion Week.
Tonight at her Lincoln Center show, the designers’ models will walk the runway or the first time wearing her complete collection — including shoes and handbags.
“I want [the line] to evolve into a large [brand] that stands on its own,” Lhuillier told FN in an earlier interview. “Over the past six years, I have worked with other fashion houses to make runway shoes,” the designer said of her eponymous ready-to-wear, eveningwear and bridal collections. “I always wanted to do it myself. It just took a while to find the right time and partner.”
The designer has been crafting shoes since her launch for spring ’13. “[The clothing] and shoes work really well together,” Lhuillier said. “You can see from the detailing of the footwear and also the materials I chose, it’s all a reflection of my [entire] collection,” she said. “I always start with interesting materials,” she noted. “That could be an exotic skin or beautiful lace. I put it against my foot and I ask, ‘Is that flattering?’ It’s always about making the foot look lean.”
The footwear collection retails for $595 to $1,195 and sells at Lhuillier’s own stores, including the New York flagship, plus retailers such as Shopbop.com. The designer is planning a capsule collection of sorts for this launch, with six handbags and 23 footwear styles.
Regarding the bags, Lhuillier told WWD: “I didn’t want it to be too serious,” she said. “I wanted to keep [the bags] younger than what evening clutches typically look like.”
Lhuillier, who grew up in the Philippines, later moved to Los Angeles, where she studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She launched her first collection, a bridal line, back in 1996, and has since expanded her offering to include ready-to-wear and home goods.