Monique Lhuillier Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2015 New York

For Monique Lhuillier, the emphasis is on evening. This is no new or insightful realization for anyone; it's just plain fact.  So when the designer started to make it snow in Lincoln Center with metallic flakes as a procession of gowns came down the runway, much in the way Burberry makes it rain, or snow when they send out their trademark trenches, it truly was a dreamlike moment.

There was a point at which things seemed a little Raf Simons for Dior, with threaded back, iridescent sleeveless tops and full skirts. That point came after the voluminous shorts (apparently you can wear shorts for evening and not look like Miley Cyris if they come in a metallic jacquard) and before the procession of full length gowns with the standout embroidery, but it was indeed there. Elsewhere (say in a long sleeved, slightly high low tulle gown with floral embroidery), some options seemed a perfect gown for an alternative bride while the final lineup, which includes a pink and purple one shouldered ball gown with verve emanating from its sumptuous layers, is prime for a celebrity fitting.