Monique Lhuillier Bridal SS16

Our introduction into the world of bridal was so much more intimate and special than we could have possibly imagined. Fortunate enough to kick everything off by attending the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 runway show, it took place in the sparkling Baccarat Hotel in their Grand Salon and while it’s hard to take centerstage over the pleated Jouffre silk-covered walls, parquet floors and the spectacular 64-arm Baccarat chandelier in the middle of the room, Monique’s SS16 collection did just that.

The collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, creating a progressive journey of magic and fantasy with each and every gown. There was an emphasis on the woman’s back as they were expertly embellished with lace appliqués and crystals and cut lower than ever before. Along with low backs; nude underlays, precisely placed cutouts, deep v-necks and fun pallets brought out the sexiest bride Monique has ever dressed. Another change was her straying away from white and featuring a much softer palette full of nudes, blush tones and even a sky-blue and ‘mist’ that were complimentary to everyone’s skin tones. Of course ML staples were present; those romantic and enchanting gowns full of floating tulle, encrusted bodices and swooping layers of silk, including a show-stopping number which took over 85 pattern pieces to construct and was covered in over 2K crystals that Monique called the “ultimate fantasy”.

Adding to the intimacy factor of the day, rather than hanging out backstage, Monique Lhuillier was joined by friend Hal Rubinstein as they sat in the center of the room explaining each look as it floated down the center aisle of the Salon. Regal and elegant, Monique’s SS16 collection provided a piece of romance for any bride looking to shine on her special day.

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