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We go be­hind the scenes at Monique Lhuil­lier’s Spring 2018 run­way show in New York.

Ever won­der what in­spires bridal de­sign­ers to cre­ate those glo­ri­ous gowns? We went #BTS with Monique Lhuil­lier as her Spring 2018 lineup hit the run­way to get a glimpse into her cre­ative con­scious­ness.

The scene back­stage at Monique Lhuil­lier’s Spring 2018 show is pure fash­ion chaos, as ex­pected. Back­stage at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Mu­sic Room models zip be­tween hair, makeup, nails and the fi­nal dress­ing area where Lhuil­lier’s lat­est breath­tak­ing collection hangs.

The pe­tite and chic de­signer is in the midst of ev­ery­thing, di­rect­ing her de­sign team to make any last minute tweaks to the gowns to en­sure every lit­tle in­tri­cate de­tail is per­fect. Sur­rounded by clouds of ivory and blush tulle, em­broi­dered lace and daz­zling chan­de­lier bolero jack­ets made from miles of pearls and crys­tals (these were a huge hit at the show), Lhuil­lier and I chat about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this collection. She tells me for this sea­son, it was all about bring­ing back clas­sic el­e­gance and tra­di­tion

“This collection has a lot of dra­matic fab­rics like sim­pli­fied silk satins, ex­plod­ing skirts with tons of vol­ume, and the designs throw back to more clas­sic shapes and sil­hou­ettes,” Lhuil­lier says. “With my ready-to-wear line, my client is ex­tremely fash­ion for­ward, but for her wedding day she wants to wear some­thing that’s time­less, ele­gant and tra­di­tional with a twist.”

Lhuil­lier says it was also im­por­tant her collection in­clude top­pers like the daz­zling boleros and capelets for brides look­ing for cov­er­age dur­ing the wedding cer­e­mony. Del­i­cate tulle gloves were her other cho­sen run­way ac­ces­sory adding a retro twist. Com­ple­ment­ing the fash­ion vibe was a beauty look that was soft, sim­ple and fem­i­nine— right down to the fin­ger­tips—with models ex­clu­sively wear­ing shades from Lhuil­lier’s bridal-themed Essie Gel Cou­ture collection.

“This was such a fun col­lab­o­ra­tion and made sense for me to do be­cause it’s my way of tak­ing away one more thing my bride has to think about,” Lhuil­lier says. “I cre­ated six shades rang­ing from soft pink to sparkly white, rose gold, sage green and deep berry, and they com­ple­ment our en­tire bridal lineup.”

When asked what makes a for a bride’s per­fect dress, her answer is short, suc­cinct and ab­so­lutely on point: “One that makes her feel the most beau­ti­ful…EVER!”

CaP­tion.

Monique Lhuil­lier’s Spring 2018 show. The de­signer walks the run­way fi­nale.

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