It’s not just long-lost relatives anymore—everyone wants to be a part of your Big Day. Designers especially want in on the action, expanding their collections to encompass more offerings for brides, bridesmaids, in-laws—you name it. For the anti-traditional, shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell added new designs to his existing bridal collaboration with Ashbury Skies with “Cold Feet by Jeffrey Campbell,” which does away with conventional shoe styles and instead serves up edgy, no-fuss footwear like “I do” plated white high-top sneaks and silver cut-out wedges. Likewise, Monique Lhuillier, who launched engagement rings and wedding bands a year ago, widened the scope of her fine jewelry collection (sold exclusively at Blue Nile) to include earrings, bracelets and necklaces. “I can touch more women with this collection—it’s not just for brides, but for bridesmaids, too,” she said at her fall 2014 bridal presentation during Bridal Fashion Week. “My goal is to reach more women and sprinkle that specialness.” In the same vein, jewelry retailer BaubleBar partnered up with wedding site Style Me Pretty and rolled out pretty add-ons for the entire bridal party. Click through to see all launches that are re-thinking the bridal landscape.
Monique Lhuillier opened up her Secret Garden-inspired world to unveil her fall 2014 bridal collection, which exuded romanticism crossed with a vintage, heirloom quality, set against an antique-filtered backdrop. “I wanted the pieces to feel like they were passed down from generations, so they had timeless, lightweight, effortless feel to them,” the designer told InStyle.com. “The dresses are slimmer—they have a vintage feeling. (Nowadays) brides are looking for more relaxed and softer silhouettes.” Even though there were fewer underpinnings this season, it was clear that her work was no less intricate, with layers of tulle, signature lace details and embroideries rich in floral, lattice and vine motifs in silver and rose-gold threadwork. And her favorites? “I love the gowns with a little color in them, like the smoke dress with a touch of lavender. I introduced the blush color three years ago and it has resonated so well, and it’s now a staple in my collection. When I see a bride in a soft tone other than white, it’s new, more exciting, more interesting.” Click through to see her latest bridal couture line-up.
Further confirmation that reptile accessories are one of fall’s top jewelry trends: The cool-blooded species slithered their way onto the red carpet and some A-list stars. Anna Faris and Allison Williams both unwittingly chose Fred Leighton jewels to exhibit their serpentine side, which happens to be right in line with the zodiac sign for 2013: the Year of the Snake (coincidence?). Faris pinned a 19th-century emerald and diamond salamander brooch on the back of her canary-yellow Monique Lhuillier gown and Williams slipped on a 19th-century gold and rose-cut diamond snake ring. Love it? Shop the trend starting from $40!
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Want to try your hand at being a fashion editor? You can pick your top five runway looks from the latest spring/summer 2014 shows from Fashion Week with our new Fashion A-List Runway Edition! These five glamorous looks from the runway scored spots in the ranks of our very own A-List Top 5: Alexander Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Victoria Beckham, Peter Som, and Prabal Gurung. Now that you know our faves, tell us yours by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top looks, then share your picks with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter. Head to the A-list maker right now to get started.
Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Location: Lincoln Center
What it was like: Once the lights darkened, spring literally sprung from a sheer floral screen as models took to the runway in red, pink, orange and cream ensembles, walking down and then back around and past each other in Lhuillier’s creations. Skirts and trains flowed on the long walkway as pieces gracefully slid across the lit platform.
Why we love this collection: Monique Lhuillier said she was “going back to pretty” with this collection, and she certainly succeeded with her embroidered floral shift dresses, lace detailing and sequined pale gold pieces. Sheer chiffon ombre trains and billowing skirts on dresses were sweet twists but what really got us was the two-piece evening gowns. One’s silk gazar pink bandeau and orange ball skirt stood out as favorites of Lhuillier and front row goer Madekwe, too.
— Alyssa Bailey
Halle Berry is set to walk down the aisle with fiance Olivier Martinez this weekend after a 14-month engagement. And with the nuptials pending and a baby boy on the way (due this fall), there’s much to celebrate. Given Berry’s impeccable maternity style and her love of both flowy fabrics that drape and body-hugging silhouettes, we know her wedding dress will be one to watch. That’s why we scouted the runways, including Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera and Reem Acra, and rounded up our top seven bridal gowns fit for the fashionable star and her baby bump. Click to take a look at our Berry-inspired picks that had us saying, “I do.”
Kristin Cavallari said “I do” to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on June 8th in Nashville’s Woodmont Christian Church. More than 140 of the couple’s closest friends and family watched the former reality star walk down the aisle in a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown with a lace bodice and bustling skirt. The bride also wore a pair of custom-designed Chinese Laundry shoes, a fitting choice as Cavallari launched a capsule collection of shoes for the brand in December. She topped it off with a long veil with lace trimming, and the couple’s 10-month-old, Camden Jack was pulled down the aisle in a wagon. Congratulations to the couple!
Plus, see more celebrities who tied the knot!
Ahna O’Reilly made her first-ever Cannes Film Festival experience a memorable one! The actress has put on a full fashion show in the French Riviera, as she showed up to event after event in high-fashion looks. The latest we love: This Monique Lhuillier design, which she paired with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, H. Stern earrings, and a Jennifer Behr headband—and she gave us the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process to get her red carpet-ready. “I felt amazing in the dress,” she told InStyle.com exclusively. “Ever since I put it on for the first time, I knew it was what I wanted to wear. Walking the red carpet in Cannes for the first time was surreal, and a total dream come true.” Click through the gallery for a closer look, and get details from her glam squad, including stylist Caley Lawson, hairstylist Kylee Heath, and makeup artist Kindra Mann on how they made her dream a reality.