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Posted online: May 2015

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Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier’s name and brand is synonymous with bridal chic. Her collections include everything from must-have dresses to collaborations with Blue Nile diamonds, Wedgwood, and Waterford. Herewith, the designer shares her tips, trends and latest looks straight from the runway. –Gina Tolleson

2015 BRIDAL TRENDS Color is a huge trend at the moment. Brides have become bolder with their color choices and I love designing dresses that are a little more colorful and interesting. I think blush is the safest way to play with color because it’s still neutral and looks beautiful on all skin tones. For a more adventurous bride, I experimented with color in my Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 bridal collections (pictured below) using shades of hydrangea, lavender, gold, pistachio, and mist. It is definitely a way to make a major style statement on your big day.

I encourage my brides to keep an open mind when shopping for the perfect gown. Many dresses look one way on the hanger or in a picture, and are completely transformed on the body. It is important for a bride to try on a few styles to see which she feels the most comfortable and beautiful in. Many of my brides end up selecting something very different from what they initially expected. The key is being open in trying different options.


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Every dish I have ordered at Lucky’s, 805-565-7540,, has been perfectly prepared and there’s also an amazing wine selection.

Jeannine’s, 805-969-7878,, is a charming little gem of a restaurant.

At Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, 805-770-2266,, the most difficult challenge is narrowing down the flavors!

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[SPRING 2015]

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