Designers Behind the Dresses: Monique Lhuillier

What do Lauren Conrad, Pink, Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone have in common? They all said "I do" in Monique Lhuillier gowns. The colour-loving bridal designer is also a favourite of celebrities for major red carpet events. Camilla Alves and Anna Kendrick hit the 2015 Golden Globes in blush gowns that topped many a best-dressed list, naturally.

We sat down with the designer to discuss which colours a bride should wear, her design process and whether it's cool to change looks from aisle to reception.

STYLE: Elegant, feminine and ethereal with a modern twist
VIP CLIENTS:Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Anna Kendrick


Describe your aesthetic.
My gowns always have an element of fantasy. I love lace, delicate embroidery and crystal detailing for timeless, delicate gowns.

What was it like designing wedding dresses for Reese Witherspoon and Pink?
I loved Reese’s choice to take a risk. She opted for a blush A-line Chantilly lace gown for her country-chic wedding at her Ojai, Calif., ranch. For Pink, her dress was edgy while also soft and feminine. She had a large black bow and a cascading skirt that suited her perfectly.

What inspires your design process?
I’m inspired by my travels, art and architecture, which affect my selection of fabrics, prints and colour palettes. I design my shoes and jewelry around the same theme for a cohesive collection.

What makes your dresses stand out?
I love dresses with colour. I think blush is the safest way to play with colour because it’s neutral and looks beautiful on all skin tones. More adventurous brides will love the tones of hydrangea, lavender, gold, pistachio and mist in my spring and autumn collections.

What are your tips to shop for a wedding dress?
Keep an open mind. Dresses look one way on a hanger or in a picture but are completely transformed on the body.

How do you feel about multiple dresses on the day?
I love the idea of changing into a short dress for the reception. They’re a nice change for the casual bride and the bride who loves to dance.

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