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Monique Lhuillier spring 2017 New York Fashion Week runway nails

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Monique Lhuillier sent her spring/summer 2017 collection down the New York Fashion Week on September 12, 2016. The collection was ethereal, dreamy, and romantic. Ah! Monique Lhuillier is always perfection!

As one of my favorite shows to attend every season, I eagerly await Monique Lhuillier’s runway show. Her designs are unique, beautiful, flattering, and make dreams come true. The details on her clothing, combined with the extremely high quality materials, and construction, creates a collection like no other. No-one compares to Monique Lhuillier.

To make Monique Lhuillier’s show even more magical, Essie shared with me the secrets to achieving her runway nails right at home! Love that! The nail polish colors on Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2017 New York Fashion Week runway were romantic, dark, mysterious, and vampy. This has been a nail polish trend throughout the spring 2017 runways in New York. I love the unexpected, dark colors for a traditionally pastel season!

Without further adieu, here are the tips for recreating Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2017 runway nails at home:

Finger Nails:

Base Coat: first base base coat

Two coats of color: Wicked

Top coat: good to go top coat

Toe Nails:

Base coat: ridge filling base coat

Two coats of color: adore-a-ball

Top coat: good to go top coat

Voila! How simple is that? Easiest runway nails ever! I’m so excited to try these nail combos myself in order to achieve a spring 2017 look on my nails; even it is too cold outside to wear all the new spring trends!

Essie nail products used on the Monique Lhuillier spring 2017 runway at New York Fashion Week:

Pre-order your favorite looks from the Monique Lhuillier spring 2017 runway. My favorite looks are in the shopping widget below. Be sure to scroll through to see them all and click on what you would to shop!

Photos courtesy of Essie

Monique Lhuillier fall 2016 runway collection available for pre-order


Monique Lhuillier sent her fall 2016 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on February 13, 2016 at the Skylight Moynihan in New York. The collection was “an artistic expression of an eccentric woman that is cool, relaxed, and rock n’ roll.” Lhuillier designed the collection for her customer who mixes unexpected combinations, and experiments with rich textures for that over-the-top elegance. The result is a collection which is both luxurious, fashion-forward, cutting-edge, and downright covetable.

Well guess what?! You don’t have to wait to shop the collection until August, or September, when the fall collections hit store shelves. The hot new concept  of “see it now, buy it now” is in full swing, and Monique Lhuillier has jumped on the bandwagon. You can pre-order her collection online now!

One of the biggest trends at New York Fashion Week was the concept of bringing the runway directly to the consumer; without the traditional, season-long wait. Many designers have adopted the concept and are allowing pre-orders of their fall 2016 designs, and/or making some pieces available immediately. Love that!

Immediately after Monique Lhuillier’s fall/winter 2016/2017 collection went down the runway, select pieces were available on her website in limited quantities. In order to highlight these shopping options, there was a handbag symbol next to each ensemble which was available for sale on her website in the run of show materials left for guests of the fashion show.

This was an amazing concept, since customers were able to shop select styles from the fall 2016 runway as soon as the last model walked off the catwalk. Then, to add to the excitement, at the end of February, Monique Lhuillier announced her full, fall 2016 collection was available for pre-order online for a limited time! How fabulous is that!

With a nod to the early 1970s, the collection is filled with metallic tapestry lame, paisley printed jacquard, watercolor roses, classic shoulder bags, playful sunglasses, thin belts, and ornate footwear. The collection is beautiful, and you can pre-order it now!

I have my eyes on this beautiful green dress I Instagrammed after the show. I am also coveting this pink coat. This pink skirt caught my eye on the runway, I was so sad I didn’t get a picture of it! It would be an amazing addition to my wardrobe. What are your favorite pieces from the collection?

You can pre-order from Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2016 New York Fashion Week runway online here for a limited time.

My favorite pieces from the runway:

My favorite accessories from the runway:

Top 5 trends for fall 2016 from New York Fashion Week

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Photo: Leanne Marshall fall 2016 NYFW

New York Fashion Week has officially come to an end. This means the fashion world has been left with a whole new list of trends to look forward to for the upcoming fall/winter 2016/2017 season. While we saw many continuing trends from past seasons walk down the catwalks, we also saw new styles to look forward to, and covet, for the cool weather season.

There were many, many trends on the New York Fashion Week fall 2016 runways, so to make it less overwhelming, I have narrowed it down to the five most significant trends to covet for the fall 2016 season. Without further adieu . . .

1 Stand out in TEXTURE

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From top: Custo Barcelona, Vivienne Hu, Reem Acra, and Zimmermann

Texture is a loaded term for the embellishments designers offered up for the fall 2016 season at New York Fashion Week. As the top trend of the season, designers mixed fabrications, added embellishments, showed hand-sewn beadwork, small mirror embellishments, lacework, fur (real and faux), soft and structured fabrics mixed together, and layers of texture.

You can mix texture on one piece of clothing, or you can layer multiple pieces with differing textures. However you rock it this fall, mix it. Texture that is. 😉

2 Rock your inner Bohemian with FRINGE and peace out

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Photos: Zimmermann, and Marcel Ostertag

Protest your favorite cause, and peace out because with the 1970s trend in full swing, fringe in all forms is a hot trend for fall 2016 from New York. Look for long fringe on longer pieces, and short fringe on jackets, dresses, and tops. Fringe has been reinvented on shorter pieces. Instead of traditional fringe, string or fabric, look for fringe beadwork as seen on the Custo Barcelona runway, and also the Marcel Ostertag runway. Shake shake shake, and show off your fringe!

3 Don’t be blue, just wear SHADES OF BLUE

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Photos: Vivienne Hu, Marissa Webb, Marcel Ostertag, Zimmermann, and Monique Lhuillier

Don’t let grey skies make you blue this cool weather season, instead, wear shades of blue! As much blue at once as humanly possible! Designers for fall 2016 in New York loved pale blue, medium blue, bright blue, and navy. Look for pieces in one shade of blue, or layer them together for a cool, blue look. You cannot go wring with blue for fall 2016. It is the hip color of the season.

4 Get groovy with 1970s INFLUENCE

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Photos: Monique Lhuilier, and Zimmermann

Can ya dig it? The early 1970s were in full force on the runways for fall 2016 at New York Fashion Week. Look for carry-over, short hemlines from the late 1960s, and very 1970s midi lengths, and maxi lengths. We will see athleisure suits, flowing fabrics, wide-leg trousers, blazers, wrap skirts and dresses, and a general groovy vibe. Peace.

5 Stock up on staples because NEUTRALS RULE

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Photos: Demoo Parkchoonmoo, Marissa Webb, Leanne Marshall, and Vivienne Hu

Every designer in New York showed several neutral looks for fall 2016. Instead of playing with colors, they played with texture. There were all black looks on Custo Barcelona’s runway which offered mixed texture, and several choices for the perfect little black dress at Leanne Marshall. Designers showed black and white together, grey and black together, shades of grey mixed together, all-white, all-grey, and all-black. The top three neutrals for fall 2016 are definitely black, grey, and white.

Want to mix it up? Add a pop of blue or red (bright or burgundy) to break up the black, grey, or white you will be wearing. Otherwise, you cannot go wrong mixing these three neutral colors together this fall.

*There you have it! The top five trends from the New York Fashion Week fall 2016 runways. Of course, there were far more trends than what I mentioned above, but these are the trends which you will find most often when you head out to the stores to shop for fall 2016.

Easy ways to prep for fall 2016:

  1. Invest in a pair of wide-leg trousers in either black, grey, or white.
  2. Invest in a jacket or coat with texture in black, grey, pale blue, or navy.
  3. Get one fringe piece to rock. You can get a fun jacket, cocktail dress, or top to pair with a black midi skirt, or mini skirt. Just remember to shake shake shake!
  4. Invest in at least one textured piece in lace, beadwork, embroidery, appliques, or faux fur.
  5. Change up your hemline. If you favored midi skirts last year, rock a mini dress or maxi dress.

Other notable trends for fall 2016 from the New York Fashion Week runways include: softened autumn hues, shades of red, shades of mustard, large bracelets stacked on the arm, choker necklaces, mixed metals, metallic fabrics, open shoulders, sheer fabrics, occasional bright hues, mixed prints, bomber jackets, athleisure, leisure suits, small handbags, suede shoes, lace-up clothing and shoes.

That’s a wrap! What were your favorite trends from the New York Fashion Week runway for fall 2016?