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Monique Lhuillier | DIVAS WE LOVE Series

June is here and so is wedding season. The words “I do” for a bride are the two words she has most often dreamed about before she was even able to grasp their true meaning. A wedding day is a cherished and highly anticipated event in the life of most women and the wedding dress is the focal point of that vision. Setting the scene and bringing that personalized and unique dream to reality is what wedding dress designer Monique Lhuillier has been specializing in for over 20 years.

Monique Lhuillier is a true Fairy Godmother for many brides

Monique Lhuillier is a true Fairy Godmother for many brides

Monique Lhuillier's dresses are a big part of the ambiance of any bride's big day

Monique’s dresses are a big part of the ambiance of any bride’s big day

Monique Lhuillier's dresses are a big part of the ambiance of any bride's big day

Monique brings bride’s dreams to life

The Monique Lhuillier Journey

Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Monique Lhuillier started her bridal design specialization and launched her line in 1996 at the age of 21 purely out of a personal need. At the time she recognized the frustrating and futile effort of finding a truly special dress for her wedding day. Upon launching the business, Monique wanted to create a magical dress that would suit every woman and allow the bride to sparkle. Thus her very first design, the “Laura” dress was born and it sold like hotcakes!

A newly married Monique Lhuillire and her husband Tom Bugbee

A newly married Monique Lhuillier and her husband Tom Bugbee

The very first wedding dress design Monique Lhuillier created the "Laura". The dress was simple, stylish, understated and elegant; a big departure from everything else available on the marketplace in the late 1990s

The very first wedding dress design Monique created was the “Laura”. The dress was simple, stylish, understated and elegant; a big departure from everything else available on the marketplace in the late 1990s

Designer Monique Lhuillier

Designer Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

A Monique Lhullier wedding dress began to represent the dream gown that many sophisticated and self confident women were looking for. The brand captured the hearts of women who wanted to exude a polished dose of sex appeal and class on their special day without running the risk of looking dated. Monique’s ability to walk the line between incorporating subtle contemporary trends without losing the traditional grand and formal feel of “typical” wedding dresses is what drove the demand for her creations.  The woman of NOW finally had a designer that reflected her complex needs.

Monique Lhulillier 2012

Monique Lhulillier 2012

Monique Lhuillier "Estelle" strapless corset and trumpet skirt with mink bolero | Spring 2014

Monique Lhuillier “Estelle” strapless corset and trumpet skirt with mink bolero | Spring 2014

Monique Lhulillier 2014

Monique Lhulillier 2014

Monique Lhulillier 2015

Monique Lhulillier 2015

Backstage at Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

Backstage at Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

Backstage at Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

2015

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2016 Collection

Monique’s Bridal Spring 2016 Collection

Fall 2016/2017 Collection featuring a mink caplet

Fall 2016/2017 Collection featuring a mink caplet

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017

Spring 2018

After the first seven years of building her brand image from the ground up, Monique ventured out and started to incorporate bold and muted pastel tones into her line. She also began to reinvent the option for the entire bridal party by creating chic, and stylish cocktail dresses and eveningwear that went well beyond the “one and done ” use pattern that defines most bridesmaids dresses.

An example of Monique's experimentation with color

An example of Monique’s experimentation with color and textures

Brown chocolate marlowe mink sandals from Monique's collection

Brown chocolate Marlowe mink sandals from Monique’s collection

Designer Bridesmaid Dresses by Monique Lhuillier for Spring 2017

Designer Bridesmaid Dresses by Monique Lhuillier for Spring 2017

Designer Bridesmaid Dresses by Monique Lhuillier for Spring 2017

Designer Bridesmaid Dresses by Monique Lhuillier for Spring 2017

She didn’t stop there. In 2005 Monique went back to her traditional fashion design roots and launched an impressive Ready-to-Wear collection which continued the brand’s tradition of luxe glamour catering to the strong and self-aware woman of today.

Monique Lhuillier RTW Fall 2005

Monique Lhuillier RTW Fall 2005

Monique Lhullier RTW Fall 2015

Monique Lhullier RTW Fall 2015

Monique Lhullier RTW Fall 2016

Monique Lhullier RTW Fall 2016

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

 

Monique Lhuillier Pre-fall Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Pre-Fall RTW 2015 Collection

Monique Lhuillier Pre-fall Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Runway show

Pre-Fall RTW 2016 Collection

A huge part of Lhuillier’s success has been her strong celebrity following and appeal. From A-lister’s wedding nuptials, to their walks down the most important Hollywood red carpets; they all clamor to wear her pieces.

Sarah Michelle Geller in a Monique Lhuillier dress

Sarah Michelle Geller in a Monique Lhuillier dress

Blake Lively in a Monique lhuillier dress

Blake Lively in a Monique dress

Reality star Lauren Conrad wore a Moniwue Lhuillier dress for her own wedding

Reality star Lauren Conrad wore a Monique Lhuillier dress for her own wedding

Julianne Hough at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2016 wearing a dress by Monique Lhuillier

Julianne Hough at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2016 wearing a dress by Monique

Former First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a Monique Lhuillier gown at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Former First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a Monique Lhuillier gown at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angie Harmon, Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier gowns in 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angie Harmon, Drew Barrymore in Lhuillier’s gowns in 2011

Taylor Swift wearing a red-blush color-block Lhuillier gown in 2014

Taylor Swift wearing a red-blush color-block Lhuillier gown in 2014

Adding another unique layer to the brand in 2016  the now ready-to-wear fashion designer/bridal designer,  teamed up with Pottery Barn Kids to collaborate on a gorgeous furniture and home decor collection for babies, and kids. Whimsical and stylish, many of the pieces were so versatile that they could be integrated into any room of a  home!

Decor pieces from Monique Lhuillier's collaboration with Pottery Barn kids

Decor pieces from Monique’s collaboration with Pottery Barn kids

Decor pieces from Monique Lhuillier's collaboration with Pottery Barn kids

Monique’s Pottery Barn kids collection

Pottery Barn for kids collection by Monique Lhuillier

Pottery Barn for kids collection by Monique

Monique is very proud of her Filipino roots and works on many projects to help bring funding and supplies to the most rural and needy areas in the Philippines.  After a devastating 2014 typhoon ruined the city where the designer was raised, Monique raised money and contributed her time to join the rebuilding efforts in person with my family. The designer is also very active in raising funds for Operation Smile and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Monique Lhuillier pictured with her family on a charitable mission in her homeland of the Philippines

Monique pictured with her family on a charitable mission in her homeland of the Philippines

Monique has crafted a charmed life for herself, creating memories and ushering in dreams for women around the world. Her ability to make life a little more magical, one lace applique at a time, will always make her a DIVA We LOVE!

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier