THE ICONS UPDATE - ISSUE 79
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In Conversation with Monique Lhuillier
No one dresses as many A-list actresses and Grammy Award winners – whether it’s on the red carpet or walking down the aisle – as Monique Lhuillier. Known for flattering every body shape with an attention to fit and a large sprinkling of femininity, Lhuillier is an expert when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding gown. We chatted with the Los Angeles designer about her big day dos and don’ts and why it’s always important to stay true to your style.
When Monique Lhuillier launched her first collection of bridal dresses in 1996, it was out of necessity rather than fulfilling a lifelong ambition. Born in the Philippines, Lhuillier moved to Los Angeles to study fashion design, but after getting engaged she soon realised there was a huge hole in the market and promptly filled it with the most gorgeous confections. Celebrating 20 years in the industry this autumn, Lhuillier now has two stores (in Los Angeles and Manhattan). She’s branched out into everything, including shoes, handbags and fine jewellery, as well as evening gowns – showing her ready-to-wear during New York Fashion week. From Michelle Obama to Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift to Reese Witherspoon, women of all ages love her sumptuous, romantic designs.