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13 posts tagged "Monique Lhuillier"

Short Stuff and Pretty Pinks: Fall ’14 Bridal Breaks The Mold

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Vera Wang BridalLeave it to Vera Wang to electrify the Fall ’14 bridal season with a veritable rainbow of high-impact pink gowns. “It was very ironic, I thought, to show pink for winter, and I wanted to explore ultimate femininity—but with an edge,” offered the designer of her blush, rosebud, and coral wares. Wang, who in the past has shown bridal looks in bloodred and black, was influenced by the “glamour of old Dior,” but she modernized that concept via strictly draped bodices, thoughtful beading, and blossoming origami flower embellishments, which sat on the skirts of full tulle options or mermaid silhouettes.

Carolina Herrera also turned out a nontraditional collection—though hers broke the mold in length, not hue. “I got married the second time in a short dress,” said Herrera. “I’ve been going to a lot of weddings lately, and I see the brides wearing long gowns for the ceremony, and suddenly they change into a short one. So I thought, why not short?” she said of her knee- and tea-length frocks. Don’t mistake short for simple, though—sequins, elaborate floral appliqués, lace, feathers, pearls, and moonstone all made an appearance in the range, as did pockets, which gave the dresses a fresh, youthful feel. Don’t fret, traditional brides; most of the gowns are available for order in full-length styles as well.

Short cocktail dresses turned up at Marchesa, too. Inspired by The Secret Garden, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s Fall outing was positively enchanting, and included scads of chantilly, point d’esprit, handmade floral appliqués, and pearl-studded tulle. The pair also offered longer gowns with trumpet skirts and delicate lace sleeves, which were terrific options for those wanting a classic look. Continue Reading “Short Stuff and Pretty Pinks: Fall ’14 Bridal Breaks The Mold” »

The Split-Second Preview: Monique Lhuillier

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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

Monique Lhuillier

WHO: Monique Lhuillier

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Saturday, September 7

WHAT: “Sheer elegance through beautiful bright and bold feminine laces.”— Monique Lhuillier. The designer sent us a peek at her Spring embellishments, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Pamela Loves Parties

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Pamela Love’s approach to Fall ’13 was, as she succinctly put it, “No show, just a party.” Last night, the jewelry designer was at Milk Studios, her usual fashion-week venue—but she wasn’t posted in one of the white-walled studios. This time around, she was in the underground concert space, hosting a closing night of sorts for MADE fashion week. (This side of the Atlantic, at least: The emerging-designer-friendly platform will have its inaugural season in Paris later this month, at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.)

Not that Love has been a slouch this show season: She did the accessories for Mara Hoffman, Creatures of the Wind, and Monique Lhuillier. Her Valentine’s Day basement party provided a warm-up of sorts for the back-in-action blues band VietNam, which has a new album out and is about to start touring. Fun fact: The band’s label, Mexican Summer, is run by Andres Santo Domingo and Keith Abrahamsson—gents who are both married to high-powered fashion pros.

“I definitely felt a little bit of emptiness in my heart this season, because I love doing presentations,” said Love, whose jewelry showcases tend to be the opposite of generic. “But I wanted to keep it more private this time around. And presentations are a lot of work.”

Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

Monique Lhuillier Loves Jewelry

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This season, Monique Lhuillier has embarked on her very first jewelry collaboration. The lucky cohort? Pamela Love. “I was so inspired by malachite early in the design process for Fall ’13 and thought it would be amazing to have some beautiful jewelry on the runway. Pamela’s designs perfectly matched what I had in mind, so I called her up,” Lhuillier told Style.com. The jewelry range will bring a tough edge to Lhuillier’s feminine designs, and features statement gold collars, cuffs, and rings set with amethyst and malachite. “We worked with strong geometric shapes, which create a beautiful juxtaposition against the organic feeling of the stones,” offered Love. As for the clothes, which will be revealed at Lhuillier’s runway show on February 9, the designer hints that they have a dark, sexy Art Deco feel. “There are rich jewel tones, bold prints, and slim, elongated silhouettes,” says Lhuillier, adding, “The shoes add attitude in emerald green crushed velvet and black suede. They are knockout gorgeous!”

Photo: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

The Secret To Winning a Golden Statuette? Dress Like One

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association determines who walks away with a statuette at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. But wearing a gold gown will ensure that even those who don’t get their moment in the spotlight still look like winners. There was plenty of bullion on the Spring runways (Donna Karan, Vera Wang) and at the recent pre-fall collections (Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier). We think a shimmery champagne color would be particularly stunning on the redheaded nominees Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, and Amy Adams.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of gold gowns for the Golden Globes.