When it comes to fairytale weddings, Monique Lhuillier creates the kind of gowns women dream of wearing as they walk down the aisle. As wedding season begins, I talked to the designer about trends, favorite dresses, and what she wore to her own nuptials to Tom Bugbee, CEO of her eponymous label.
What are the current wedding dress trends?
Some of the current trends are adding touches of color to the wedding dress such as hand-painted flowers. Other big trends from the Spring 17 collections were slip dresses and floral details for a whimsical and romantic touch. The slip dresses in my collection have subtle lingerie accents, which hints at a simplicity and ease that feels modern. These trends show that brides are willing to take more risks with their wedding day look.
When it comes to choosing an outfit for a summer wedding, what advice would you
The mother of the bride?
The mother of the bride is the second most important woman after the bride and her dress needs to be detail oriented with a flattering silhouette. Our most popular request when dressing the mother of the bride is long sleeves—this gives her a regal and timeless look.
For a summer wedding I would suggest soft colors. If it suits the wedding, summer is perfect for short bridesmaid dresses or even two-piece bridesmaid looks.
A wedding guest?
Summer is the perfect time for color and florals. I love a high-low dress—something soft, flowy and effortless with an incredible shoe.
Do you have a favorite wedding gown you’ve designed?
I have too many, but one I can mention is Swan Lake, from my spring 2005 collection. It was one of my first signature gowns. It has a spaghetti strap lace bodice with a full tulle A-line skirt and an accent sash. This dress later inspired my Monique Lhuillier bridal Barbie.
What did you wear to your own wedding?
For my wedding, 21 years ago, I chose a very traditional dress. It was a silk white duchess satin dropped-waist gown, off the shoulders, with lace appliqués and a bustled skirt. I also had a long cathedral veil to match.