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Monique Lhuillier

There's a reason why Monique Lhuillier has such a huge following. It could be her light, lush fabrics. It could be her delicate embellishments. It could be the sensual silhouettes she cuts each and every season. However, it's probably the simple fact that she somehow manages to capture and practically stitch the spirit of femininity into every single dress. Case in point; her Spring 2012 Bridal Collection could turn the most hard-core minimalist into a flowery, flirty femme.


Lhuillier's signature lingerie-inspired bodices give her dresses a sexy, defined shape on top while playing with a multitude of skirt options below. Take your pick: short and narrow, mini-ballerina or grand volume with movement and texture. Light Chantilly laces, a Monique-mainstay, contrast against structured raw-edged organzas and mountains of tulle. Layered horsehair peplums add drama to a petal-strewn off-the-shoulder ball gown. Lightness and delicacy is the thread that weaves throughout this sophisticated and romantic grouping, as is the endless variety of textures that add an element of delight at every turn.


Lhuillier's Catherine gown and Pippa dress are aptly named for the muses Monique had in mind. Catherine is a striking, covered Chantilly lace ball gown with the classic corset base that remains chaste with the addition of long, fitted sleeves. It is worthy of a princess to be. The short, sassy Pippa dress represents the young, party girl who wants to appear cool, yet tasteful. From royals to mere mortals, Monique ensures there is a dress for every bride in this collection.

Monique Lhuillier, Spring 2012