She transported us back to the 19th century and paintings of critically acclaimed artist John Singer Sargent who was famous for his full length portraits of beautiful women. His paintings are also significant because they are documenting fashion of that era when ladies were mostly wearing whites and pastels.
It isn’t surprising that Monique Lhuillier was strongly influenced by John Singer Sargent’s portraits and in the sea of traditional silk white and ivory which are prevalent colours in her collection, we have seen some interesting hues such as hydrangea blue which she borrowed from his oil paintings. We love how she played with colours and textures interpreting ethereal Edwardian style through the modern language of fashion.
The collection features elegant column silhouettes, classical A-line shapes, cascading hemlines, trumpet gowns and fit-and-flare dresses with illusion necklines. Each look from this stunning collection is very ladylike and sophisticated, but the show wasn’t just about the dresses! Accessories were cleverly used to create a modern twist to the classical wedding outfit. Gowns were styled with crystal studded head bands, sexy metallic sandals, shiny lace booties and long, dramatic veils decorated with immaculate beadwork. Lhuillier also used a lot of draping and layering to create subtle lines and beautiful sculpted structures. She used plenty of wonderful lace overlays and also made two gowns with huge handcrafted floral appliqués made from silk gauze.
We have seen some lovely lingerie inspired dresses too! She was even brave enough to combine lace corset tops with full tulle tiered skirts and completed the look with a chic big bow and a brooch around the waist. However, our favourite looks are strapless sweetheart A-line embroidered tulle gown with matching embroidered shrug and one shoulder hand draped silk satin ball gown with front tulle insert. We also loved the blush tulle cowl neck slip gown with lace appliqués.
The hair was neatly tied in a bun and accented with gorgeous bejewelled head pieces, while the make-up was soft and natural with flawless looking skin, perfectly groomed brows, blushing cheeks and a pink lip. Lhuillier’s bride never fails to look stylish, innocent and seductive and her latest show was no exception!
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