Sunday, November 16, 2008

MONIQUE LHUILLIER bride, the fall 2009 bridal collection

Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Richard Spiegel

Time & Place:
Nearly 12 noon, Sunday of NY Bridal Week
“This season, I was inspired by pictures of Grace Kelly on her wedding day. I wanted to capture the regal beauty that she exuded. I also wanted to take the collection back to a traditional time. Over the top luxury but in a subtle way.”

We almost decided to call it a day after this show. The euphoria we felt after her show was not unlike the experience we have every season at a Ralph Rucci show. When something is this good, best not to spoil the moment by seeing anything else that won’t measure up. The retailer next to us was in agreement.

THE THEME: Regally beautiful, as in Grace Kelly.
VEILS: If you are hankering to wear one of these, they look perfectly apropos to the lovely strapless creations.

There was also a teardrop back stunner in floral lace with a v-front in a design that was unmistakably RTW [Ready to Wear].

There was some skillful folding technique but kept to a minimum as in a twist front dress [only on the bustier].

Similarly, the beaded lace overlay was rendered with a light tough and Lhuillier didn’t pile it on. This was an either or proposition – either you get the lace overlay OR the beading.
As always there is the Princess Gown option – one with very white tulle skirt the other, in a lovely cream with a spiral-embroidered skirt and the other with allover peacock feather embroidery.

The classical soundtrack, the Grace Kelly hair and makeup, the candelabra sconces and the exquisite gowns all added up to one beautiful show. We can’t imagine that a bride to be wouldn’t want to look like this if she had the budget to make it happen.

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