Brides & Ballerinas: Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015

Monique Lhuillier never fails to impress us with her utterly romantic and sophisticated wedding gowns and this time her fall collection featured gowns inspired by ballerinas pirouetting in jewellery boxes.

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The colour palette of the collection was influenced by the hues from the jewellery boxes and included beautiful, soft hues of pistachio, mint, lavender, peach, blush pink and antique gold, while there were only five looks in white and ivory. Just like coloured diamonds, pastel-toned wedding gowns are becoming increasingly fashionable, as modern brides strive to be original and break away with traditions and old clichés.

Last season Monique Lhuillier showcased some fluttery blue and hydrangea dresses for spring and summer, while this time she opted for very soft tones. “This season I was really excited about showing colour. It was all these subtle shades, but it felt right. Brides come to me and I always say, ‘It can still be your day without being in a white dress.’ I’m here to open up their minds a little bit”, said the designer.


Monique Lhuillier’s bridal collection for fall 2015 featured amazing ball gowns with clouds of tulle, kilometres of lace and intricate metallic beadwork, but there were also some less dramatic looks, which we think were very sophisticated too. The show kicked off with a simple, strapless cocktail-style frock made from lace, while the second look was an incredibly delicate two-piece tea-length dress with lace overlay.

Even though the accent was on the colour, the designer was also very playful with fabrics and textures. There were plenty of big, voluminous skirts that featured layers of tulle or lace and they were paired with tight bodices to create an elegant contrast. Silhouettes ranged from A-line and trumpet to ball gown, and each model is impeccably tailored to complement the female body. “A treasure box holds beautiful surprises, and that’s what I had in mind when I designed these pieces—each one is so individual and so beautiful in its own way,” she said about her collection and we couldn’t agree more.


The hair had to be very sophisticated to match the formality of the gowns and the seriousness of the ballerina style. We have seen neat up-dos with hair parted on the side and accessorised with gorgeous sparkly headpieces with floral motifs mimicking the metallic patterns embroidered on the dresses. Make-up was very minimalistic and natural with just a bit of blush and eye shadow paired with nude lips and glowing skin.

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