For the perfect romantic updo, look no further than Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the runway were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the braided updos the models wore. "We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing updos with a romantic, soft, and whimsical mood," Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero said. "The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted [to the] side or center, with minimal volume on top." Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection felt like a walk through an enchanted forest — and that probably has something to do with the branches, moss, and birdcages that greeted the editors who attended her presentation last week. Lhuillier's elegant tablescape was filled with all manner of floral accents, and so was a table featuring her stationery. As for the shoes? They were arranged artfully along one wall with a pair of hanging birdcages and an albino peacock thrown in for good decorative measure.
But the stunning dresses were the main event. Many of them were created with Chantilly lace and white or ivory silk organza. A number of them were simple creations, like a column dress with an embroidered cap sleeve, but others were far more elaborate, with lace vines and leaves snaking over embroidered lattice.
Vibrant shots of red were seen throughout the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 collection, and the theme also followed through to the beauty look. Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics created the chic makeup style that featured clean skin with a hint of highlight on the cheeks. The focal point was the cherry-stained lip. Hairstylist Bob Recine for Moroccanoil made sure the face was on full display with his sleek, half-wet/half-dry hairstyle. "This gives the hair a fresh, clean feeling, much like the clothes," he said.
The nails, by Katie Hughes of Butter London, also had a pop of red. "I was inspired by the sheer elegance of the collection," she said. She opted for Pink Ribbon ($15), a sheer pink, on the nails and Pillar Box Red ($15), a bright red, on the toes to pop against the shoes coming down the runway.
Monique Lhuillier, known for her almost regal approach to eveningwear (she is one of the reigning queens of the wedding dress industry, after all), offered a new interpretation at her Spring 2014 runway show. Although she still showcased her usual diaphanous gowns, sophisticated below-the-knee pencil skirts, and an unmatched love for Chantilly lace, she provided pops of interest with embellished collars and a rich palette. Case in point: a bold, color-clashing medley of corals, fuchsias, and reds.
Although we can envision the elegant Emmy Rossum — presiding front row for the show — in almost any look for her next red carpet outing, we'd suggest seat-mate Stacy Keibler show off her toned abs in the show's last look, a cropped bandeau over a floral brushstroke-print ball skirt.
Things aren't just heating up outside this Summer: Instagram's most fashionable stars are keeping things sizzling with a stream of chic snaps. Whether it's overlooking the city as Alexa Chung, Karlie Kloss, and Victoria Beckham did from their lenses, or peering behind the scenes à la Erickson Beamon, J.Crew, and Bergdorf Goodman, this stylish set is burning up our phones with well-filtered photos — click through to see this week's best shots!
The bridal trends for Spring 2014 leave room to try something a bit different. While gorgeous white gowns and traditional strapless silhouettes certainly made their customary appearance, it wasn't all run of the mill. Vera Wang surprised with black-and-white looks, finished with dramatic black opera-length gloves. Oscar de la Renta dipped into the color wheel for a true "something blue," Reem Acra turned out cocktail minis topped with veiled umbrellas, and Carolina Herrera debuted a sexier kind of wedding-day ensemble (think deep V-front necklines). For inspiration aplenty — and a closer look at what exactly the Spring '14 bridal forecast means for your own wedding-dress search — click on.
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Consider this your color-coded field guide to finding the perfect dress — for your bridesmaids, that is. Whether you've nailed down your color scheme for the big day or you're seeking a little dressing inspiration, we've done the legwork to make finding the perfect shade, cut, and price point for your bridal party a little easier. From soft shades of nude and blush to metallic silver and gray, we've handpicked the standouts from our favorite bridesmaid collections — like Monique Lhuillier and J.Crew — and some right off the racks of our favorite contemporary labels like Tibi and Rebecca Taylor in every hue. Get ready to shop, ROYGBIV style, right here.
Nina Dobrev knows how to work a red carpet, and tonight's Met Gala was no exception. Her punked-out look meant forgoing the usual body-con gowns in favor of a custom black Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit-meets-dress. The corset bodice — complete with leather harness — gave way to a see-through gauzy skirt and patent black pumps. The Vampire Diaries starlet edged up the look further with Kimberly McDonald jewels and a slightly tougher hairstyle. How did she do?
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Katy Perry is making the rounds promoting Smurfs 2, and right now she's down in Mexico showing her support for the film by wearing — you guessed it! — blue. Katy debuted two blue dresses: one lacy and perfect for day, while the other one was a bit sexier with a strapless neckline that's ideal for night. We saw gorgeous shades of blue all over the Spring '13 runways, so Katy's looks aren't just a tribute to to her inner Smurfette, they're also right on trend. Watch on for all the outfit details! On Allison: BCBG Max Azria blazer, Cameo shorts, Patterson J. Kincaid top.