Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 Bridal Collection

Posted on April 26, 2012

Darlings, here’s yet another bridal shot of pretty to end your day. What can we say? It’s bridal season. This may be the most traditional collection we’ve shown yet; a lacey, romantic succession of princess gowns very much in the Monique Lhuillier mode.

Enjoy the pretty. And judge to your hearts’ content, because isn’t that what bridal gowns are for, darlings? Judging? Let’s all pretend we’re sitting in the last pew.



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  • Yay, sleeves! Bless you, Cathy.

    • howdoilook

      I was just about to write the same! And all the lace, too. Classy, classy, classy.

  • These range from boring through peculiar via bizarre, except for the last one, which is lovely…

  • i don’t really care for any of this, except for maybe the last one – tho i could do without that bow. they’re all pretty darn boring, and something i’ve seen before. 

  • Gorgeous, but all the ones with bows would look better without them.

  • Lina_bee

    Hrm. The ones at the top are just plain ugly. The ones near the end are interesting and somewhat lovely. I wish you didn’t have to be nine feet tall to rock those full skirts, but they’re great for the body who can carry them.

    • snarkykitten

       wedding gowns just don’t seem to translate well to us little people. I got married a year & a half ago and I ended up heavily altering the dress I bought

  • Sara__B

    Lace and bows and frills. Oh my! 

  • ChiKat67

    1 year later and the Sarah Burton/Alexander McQueen/Cathy Cambridge effect is all over this collection.  The 4th dress from the bottom looks like she’s being attacked by toilet paper bows.  

    • MK03

      If a guest gets a nosebleed, she can just tear off a hunk and give it to them. The prepared bride!

  • hughman

    If only they were red. 

  • choco

    one napkin, two napkin, glittery napkin, lacy napkin. oh and kleenex.

  • Hetha Innis

    Love them, but ditch all the bows please!

    • Thank you! They bring the subtext of “woman as gift for man” a trifle too obviously forward. Besides, they mostly just look awkwardly placed.

      • MoHub

        Michael Kors would refer to those bows as “goiters.”

        Except that he probably likes them.

        •  Absolutely, and he’d be right.  Clearly, the addition of the bows was supposed to give some sort of through line to the collection, as if white, and wedding, wasn’t enough.

      • introspective

        loving the feminist critique here- never even thought about it like that. i knew i hated bows all over dresses, especially wedding dresses, but now youve given me an erudite reason for doing so rather than my usual visceral “get those bows the fuck outta here” response.

        •  I’m one of those people who often is looking for the subtle, hidden reasons for why we do things.  Its always bugged me that women are presented at a wedding like a big, gaudily wrapped present. 

  • Numbers 3 & 6? I will be obsessing over for quite some time. Simple, classy, and immaculate.

  • Blech – I would love this so much more without all the twee bows.  Women who are getting married are usually women, not little girls, who wants that?

  • Zippypie

    Some look like explosions of Kleenex.  Others are ruined by the proliferation of big bows on at the waist.  The only one I like is the third one and that would look even better with some sleeves.

  • SpcilK

    The bows have gotta go!

  • Susan Crawford

    I want to yank off the twee bows, but otherwise, a lovely, classic collection.

  • j_anson

    I do sort of like the tissue-paper butterfly one (although more as an installation than a dress per se), but I have to say, something about the papery quality to most of them in combination with the floral… texturing? embossing? whatever that is… and that particular shade of white really do make these look like they’re made out of the highest of high-end toilet paper.

  • Some of these are gorgeous.  Some of these are a craft project that exploded.

  • Most boring of the bunch.

  • halo323

    These are the grumpiest and/or saddest looking brides (or models as brides)!

    • PaulaBerman

       Right? That first model’s bitchface made it hard for me to focus on the dresses, which I think were merely meh.

  • Joyce VG

    The bows are too Christmasy, but overall all of the dress are beautiful. 

  • Kelly Swickard

    these dresses are fine, but the models are horrible.  They look like they are smirking at best.  

  • Tam Duong

    i want to rip the bows off =(

  • sleepycat

    the confetti, sheets of paper, and bow dress are fugly. As for the rest of the collection, the lace is just too stiff for me. It looks like they were made out paper mache or handmade paper. This is the worst of the collections you guys showed by a large margin. 

    Show us Austin Scarlet’s creations, I bet they are stunning.

  • Jessi03


  • NurseEllen

    Liking the first and the last entries, but the others…..not so much.  I know the official photos are supposed to highlight the dresses and not the models, but jeez, these are bridal gowns.  Would it kill the folks at Lhullier to let them look at least moderately happy?

  • KaileeM

    I love the first one. I am irrationally attracted to sparkly things, though. Just like a magpie or an ostrich. 

    • poggi

      I like that one too. Very sparkley without being garish.

    • Pennymac

      Me too! Sparkle is my favorite color!

  • bittykitty

    I covet the 9th from the top; too bad I’m already married. would it be too tacky if i wore that to my niece’s wedding?

  • egl48

    Lots of bows, but very pretty.  I love the first one.

  • Oh good grief. Those giant bows are making my eyes wither. 

  • Numbers 1, 9-12, and 17 are all breathtaking. I’ll actually take #17, please (second from last). 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    some of these look entirely too much like visions of the madonna 80s only lengthened. those are disturbing, if probably only to me.

    others of these are probably more disturbing to others; otoh, i just love them. i want to wear them in black, in colors, all over the streets, to the market, on the subway, w/ the hat in yesterday’s wedding post. these are the ones that look like reams of pre-typed upon paper were stuck hither, thither, yon & w/ hap a hazard to a column for no good reason at all. i lovelovelove those for all their absurdity. even more cos they dont understand theyre absurd.

    ps. i like the first one too, w/ all that sparkle. all that would better it would be a case of everlovin rhinestones. maybe two.

    edited to add:
    i also like the tenth one, but for real. but mostly if i were a more conservative person living a more conservative life. then i would probably even want it.

  • rainwood1

    What dresses?  I’m sitting in the last pew thinking ‘I’m famished and they better have an open bar.’  

  • Pennymac

    Love #1 and #7. I can’t figure out why I’m drawn to the oddness of #13, but I really like it. Those bows have got to go, though.

  • bookish

    Too many goddamn giant bows. Why is that? Otherwise, many of these would be so pretty!

  • carolynmo

    Great day in the morning! That’s a lot of bows.

  • I like these SO MUCH BETTER than any of the other collections so far this season. Romantic, feminine, and tasteful. I’ll take any of them, but especially the third one down.

  • “Type a comment! Type a comment!”
    “What should I say?”
    “Me and my daughter like them:)”

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Yawn!!  At least they aren’t skanky, but that is about the most positive thing I can say about them.

  • Anathema_Device

    None of these wow me, but most of them are very pretty. The first one is kind of fun…lots of sparkle but not embroidered like most sparkly gowns.

    • MilaXX

       That one reminds me of Glinda the good witch. All the model needs is a magic wand.

  • Mariah J

    These dresses are gorge…except I want to rip the stupid bows off of all of them

  • So I’m taking Monique Lhuillier off my list of dresses to consider, but I really must thank her designers for #13.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

  • VicksieDo

    1-4 are my faves, and without the gift bows, the others would be pretty great.  Very classy for the most part.

  • Daenyx

    Almost all too sugary-sweet for me, but the sixth from the bottom is just breathtaking.  

  • I was so excited about the sleeves and straps I completely missed the bows. Yeah, every gown would be better without them.

  • The first would be perfect aside from the stupid bow.

  • save_the_hobbit

    THE BLUSH ONE. God, I want to get married…

  • Tapetum

    I like most of them okay, and a few are quite lovely, but #15 looks like the bride’s dress was ruined the morning of the wedding, and her enterprising bridesmaids made do with a crate of toilet paper.

  • cmb92191

    I had a giant bow like most of those on my wedding dress… in 1991!    I guess that means the 90’s are back.   I do love #1.  If I was going to renew for my 20+ I would pick something like 1, 3, 6., 9 or 11.

  • quiltrx


    I hate to say it, but some of these look really cheap…and we all know they are not.  Number 12 is my favorite–I like the textured effect.  Actually, the ones that don’t look cheap to me all seem to be the ones with interesting texture going on.

  • bluefish

    Many of these are indeed very beautiful.  The strapless mermaid look can disappear for another 100 years as far as I’m concerned.  There’s a nice quality to the white in these — don’t know if it’s a ML thing or something that reflects the photographers skill.   The third one down, with the 30s vibe, would be my pick.   Less is more should be the bridal mantra.

  • Alyson Lamble

    Every last one of these dresses that has a bow would look better without it.

  • MK03

    J’adore 4 and 9. 

  • Wow, that is some UGLY ribbon. Ruins every dress. Totally unimpressed with this collection.

  • Lilak

    Glad there are a bunch of us liking that last one (sans bow, of course) — an elegant confection. 

    Otherwise … What is with all the gowns that look like our old student homecoming floats, the ones made of paper napkins stuffed in chicken wire?

  • sleah_in_norcal

    lose the honking bows for crimeney’s sakes.  can’t even see most of the gowns.  what is she, gift wrapped?  number nine is exquisite.

  • That’s a lot of sweetheart necklines in one collection.

  • I love the first one…I can even tolerate the bow.  

  • Fourth to last dress, covered in bows: CAN’T STOP LAUGHING. I swear if I was in the last row of that wedding with TLo, there would be muffled snickers. 
    However, number 9, with the lacy sleeves that frame the neck and not a bow in sight? Can someone send that my way for my hypothetical wedding?

  • MilaXX

    Yeah, this collection reminds me of why I’m not a fan of lace bridal dresses, too much frou frou. I like 3 and 4. The rest are just too much everything.

  • I would like many of these dresses so much better without the bows.

  • Corsetmaker

    Oh boy, Solstiss (or a competitor) got a big order out of this collection, some of the lace is exquisite.

    LIke most I don’t like the bows, or rather the placement of them just where they hide the waist. When you’ve got all that going on you need to see the waist I believe. Also I hate bustier, cupped bodices like the second short one. But that’s just my pet dislike. I also don’t like the toilet paper numbers.
    But I love the lace on some of them, The one with the long lace sleeves and the one with the shorter overlayer of stiffened lace are stunning (if they lost or moved the bows!)

  • michelle shields


  • The very last gown is passable. But the others just appear as if the confectioner decorating the cake overdosed on crack. 

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I love most of them except…why do some of them look like they’re just the winning entries from the toilet-paper-wedding-dress game from a very fashionable bridal shower?

  • judith traherne

    I like quite a few of these (which surprised me because I am not of fan) especially the last one with 3/4 sleeves. I do wonder how forgiving the sleeves are… stretch lace? IMO the unending popularity of strapless gowns was due to the relative freedom of movement. 

  • lilibetp

    I don’t understand the bows, but they’re gorgeous otherwise.  Except for the one four from the bottom, which looks like a dress a guest would make out of toilet paper at a bridal shower.

  • It is sad that the one time in most women’s lives where they can actually spend in the 4 to 5 digit price range for a dress, they have a limited selection of white and ivory.  We need another life event where we can just go crazy with the outfit!

    • Corsetmaker

      I’ve always wished divorce parties would take off. That’s when you really need a bit of encouragement and confidence boosting. And if you’ve been left with half the contents or less, that’s also when you could do with the gifts 😀

  • elleg929

    So. Many. Bows.

    • My thoughts exactly.  What are they doing, gift wrapping the bride?  Or put them in the back over the crack of the backside, where they belong.

  • MissAnnieRN

    If Taylor Swift were engaged and getting married this year – #1 is soooo her dress.

    The rest of them?  Yawn.  That Carolina Herrera collection simply towers above the competition.

  • Judy_S

    I’m back to wanting the white Jil Sanders shirtwaist ballgown.

  • juliamargaret

    The first one is so beautiful, even with the big bow! And the lace is gorgeous. I like them all except the two that look like they are covered in crumpled paper or PostIt™ notes.

  • Tashina Savage

    I love these. They are exactly what I think a wedding gown should look like. I adore the last one so much that it makes me want to get married.

  • crash1212

    I don’t know if it’s because I’m in a good mood this morning, or if it’s Friday, or if my cup of coffee is especially yummy, but, I really like most of these dresses! I’m shocked because I usually roll my eyes and snicker at all this bridal nonsense. These are really pretty and sophisticated and SLEEVY! SLEEVES and STRAPS….SWEET! OK…back to the grumbling now.

  • Who knew perpendicular paper towels could be part of a bridal gown embellishment?!  Love a few of these, but gagging on the bowmania. 

  • I love the first one, the very similar 10th one, and the last one.

    Anyone who wears a shredded tissue-paper gown will have their wedding instantly dated in photos, the way shoulder-pad photos scream EIGHTIES WEDDING now.

    Boning should not be visible in a bridal gown. Just not. It’s the wrong time for the Material Girl look. 

  • Ennovi_R

    Not really loving any of these. :/

  • I wish I understood why so many brides were against sleeves for so long…they give you so many more options for additional details, silhouettes, and they help forgive a lot of figure flaws that women complain about. I’m so glad they’re back in style.

    • alyce1213

      I don’t think brides have ever been against sleeves, they’ve just been brainwashed to think that’s all that’s out there by designers and manufacturers who know that sleeves are harder to fabricate, fit, and alter.   Strapless is easy and cheaper to produce.  
      I’m delighted to see the trend diminish because I’m not a fan of strapless wedding gowns, with (many) exceptions, of course.

  • Sophie Collier

    Not an ugly one in the bunch.  If I were attending a wedding and the bride emerged in one of these, I’d gasp. 

  • aimee_parrott

    Hmmm… the bows kinda make my teeth hurt.  That last one is beautiful, but I think you go with EITHER a hip flounce OR a hip bow, not both.  Me, I’d pick the flounce over the bow.

  • Melissa Brogan

    I like the third look a lot. Otherwise, pretty unimpressed. The giant little girl bows are silly.

  • NCDFan

    Pretty bowing! Honestly, not too bad but the bows should go.

  • Apparently, “put a bow on it” is Monique’s take on Portlandia.

  • guest2visits

    Loving #1,#7, and #10.  Even the birthday-bows on most of these look ok with me.  I think I’m sucker for millions of tiny little beads;
    I love seeing special treatments on the tops of bridal gowns as in #1.

  • EEKstl

    I especially love the first one, with the gold confetti overlay.  Overall the bow action isn’t bad in this collection, but I would have lost it here.

  • Emily Scott

    Eh, I don’t really like any of these. The first one has some visual interest and the third one is pretty if you can handle that much lace, but the rest definitely don’t do it for me. I do like that there are at least a few WTF entries though, my favorite being the dress made almost entirely of wadded up Kleenexes.

  • alyce1213

    The first one is Taylor Swift’s wedding gown.  Love #4 (no bow!), and #10 (but without the bow) is MINE; the lace illusion sleeves are gorgeous.

  • afabulous50

    Absolutely gorgeous…of course I too emjoyed seeing sleeves and lace over the top…Yay!

  • frances rossi

    Most of these are ick to me, save for the first and last and maybe one sleeveless, thought I hate that trend.  

  • Emily Leverett

    Some of these are lovely. Some of these, as other folks have said, look like tissues. Sparkly, sparkly tissues.  That said, I appreciate some sleeves. Can someone make a wedding dress for a woman over 30 that’s not a suit disguised as a wedding dress (a la Sex in the City) or something that looks like a mother of the bride thing? I’m in my thirties, never been married, thinking about it, and think I won’t ever find a dress that isn’t hideous because it should be on a 22 year old, or hideous because it should be on a 50 year old (even if they are lovely for those ages.)

  • There is a dress in this collection that looks like a ream of printer paper threw up all over the skirt. Otherwise, gorgeous.

  • Girl does love her used-tissue-ball ruffles, doesn’t she?

  • KathKo

    frosted cake’s characters.

  • K

    I really like 3 and 9… shamefully saves to wedding inspiration folder… I”m not even engaged! 

  • formerlyAnon

    These are exquisite, though mostly not to my taste, being mostly too delicately feminine. 

  • Stunning, Monique Lhuillier does the best fabric manipulations and embroidery in the bridal biz!

  • annrr

    I love them with my girly girl heart, especially first dress and numbers 10 and 11, but without the big bows. I’ve always liked more of the traditional princess shape, and I do not like mermaid dresses. And thank you Cathy Cambridge for bringing sleeves back. Love the variety here. When I got my dress 10 years ago they were all variations of the same dress.

  • quickpicks

    Overheard at the Lhulier firm:  “This year we shall wrap all our brides up in a huge Christmas bow!”  The third dress (inspired by Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan” needs a great, big bow in the hair, a jean jacket, a huge cross necklace hung by black ribbon and rubber bracelets to complete the look.

  • That model needs a grilled sandwich and 2 slices of homemade pie, stat. and why is she making such a grouchy face? if a real bride made that face in a photo, everyone would say WHOOPS and DELETE the photo. what gives…  that said, I <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE <3 the first dress!