Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhuillier designs for the red carpet, so it's no wonder that the the front row was propped up with boldfaces scouting for awards season. Or that, by the end, the crowd's wonder was audible.

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Lhuillier started us off slow, with the sort of easy-glam cocktail -wear well-represented by the A-listers in the audience.


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Anyone could happily wear these frocks to an opening (anyone with the lifestyle and budget to match, that is) but "Monique Lhuillier" is synonymous with "opulence," and that's what everyone was waiting for.


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Some of the gowns would not have been out of place in the Reagan-era rose garden.


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Some were Grace Kelly classic.


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Still others were both classic and stunning.


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

An actual gasp went up when this model came out; these are high-drama gowns!


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

Demonstrating how beautifully these translate, Alexis Bledel...


Monique Lhullier's Gowns Leave Audience Gasping In AweS

...and Emma Roberts.