Monique Lhuillier had traditional, formal weddings in mind when she created her bridal collection for spring 2018. While many other designers focused on current trends, contemporary twists, and functionality, she wanted to make something for brides who desire nothing but classic glamour. Therefore the dress shapes were very dramatic and beautifully shaped with peplums, ruffles, Chantilly laces, frilly organza and countless layers of tulle while the adornments were extremely opulent. Some of the dresses were even featured chic translucent and lavishly embellished capes and boleros.
The inspiration behind the collection? Monique Lhuillier tried to remember how she felt when she was a 21-year-old girl trying to pick a dress for her big day. “When I was a bride, I wanted to stand out and wear something that felt right for that celebration and not worry about whether it was a fashionable choice or in line with the trends”, Lhuillier said. And while these 20 gorgeous looks weren’t influenced by the latest trends in bridal fashion, they are still undeniably dreamy, timeless and modern.
There was a myriad of silhouettes ranging from ballgowns and A-line styles to sexy fit-and-flares, and sheath gowns with deep V-necks and front slits. All of the gowns were designed to flatter your body shape. However, the masterfully tailored trumpet styles and dropped waist ballgowns are definitely some of the most striking pieces from this range are perfect for showing off your figure.
Floral motifs appeared everywhere: on lace, organza, capes, and in the hair. Some of the dresses even featured hand-painted floral details and delicate point d’esprit laces. There was also a lot of sparkle because you can’t have a traditional wedding gown without some sophisticated sheen. Embellishments included subtle pearls and sequins embroidered onto laces as well as the cascading jewels covering the neck, shoulders, and décolletage.
The colour palette consisted of traditional whites and ivories, however, there were subtle hints of nude and blush pink. We especially loved the bustier dress made of Chantilly lace with an asymmetrical tulle skirt in blush pink. Bridal accessories we loved? The mini lace gloves with rings worn over them were just divine!
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