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Monique Lhuillier: Sultry, seductive, cheetah chic

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A model

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A model walks the runway at the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG) Photo Credit: Getty/Frazer Harrison

When searching for raw materials for her collection, Monique Lhuillier must've gotten a real deal on seduction, because on each look of her fall line she layers it on thick, so much so it almost seems tangible, like its own fabric. 

Take the first dress to stalk the runway: a cheetah-print taffeta seamed cocktail dress, with a predatory gleam, which she followed up with a cheetah-print chiffon blouse, cheetah-print chiffon draped keyhole dress (with dramatic bare back), and a cheetah-print gown made of espresso-toned sequins. 

The glisten factor continued with a one-shoulder gown smattered with gold stardust embroidery, and shimmer-tweed and lumiere-tweed seamed jackets and pencil skirts, all with frayed edges. 

Chantilly lace offered sophisticated hints of bareness (as in the lace halter gown with lacquer braided belts) and feathers were...well, they went POOF (imagine a deep, deep scarlet ostrich feather vest, or a feather-front blouse, reminiscent of a tux shirt).

"This woman knows how to get what she wants," wrote Lhuillier in her program notes.  No argument, here.

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