Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 Bridal Collection

Posted on May 01, 2013

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 Bridal Collection

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  • Deedles

    Too bad the photographer had one too many at lunch… some of these photos are so “out of square” that I had to cock my head like an inquisitive dog in order to properly look at the pictures. Interesting mix, though.

    • And I thought it was just me… Though on a few, I think the dress itself is a little askew, and not intentionally.

  • Sarah

    Love the tea lengths, love the capes. My favorite collection so far.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I still put the Carolina Herrera one better but this is a close second. I also love the capes. And sleeves! And short dresses!!!

      • Sarah

        I really dig the capes. It’s something I haven’t seen before for bridal, and it seems like it would make such an aisle-walking impact! Of course, if it was me, I’d trip flat on my face.

  • Jessica RoweRock

    Weenus spotted – third picture down.

  • Sobaika

    I don’t know about bridal wear, but I love #s 4 and 5 – the shorter dress with lace overlays.

  • Hazel Eisley

    This collection just stopped my heart it’s so gorgeous.

  • Love this collection! Many designs that women of any age could wear with ease.

  • Zooey

    Some of these dresses make the models look like they walked through cobwebs….. if that’s your thing, awesome. But it’s not mine.

  • Imasewsure

    Bridal is boring. Glad I never got married

  • VeryClaire

    so nice to see short dresses available in bridal, when I got married they looked at me like I had three heads when I wanted a short wedding dress! (a few years back, admittedly)

    • jayetyler

      I got married in a short dress — modified my mom’s 60s wedding dress b/c I couldn’t find any on the market (also a few years back).

      Love this collection too but I am partial to short wedding dresses & Monique Lhuillier. A friend with a rather unlimited wedding budget was married in one of her dresses; one of the most gorgeous pieces of clothing I have ever seen in real life (plus it had sleeves when pretty much every other wedding dress was strapless).

    • Watts

      Hell, I got weird looks for saying I didn’t want a train. (in 1997)

  • steeg of their own

    There is NOTHING bridal about these! Some are cocktail dresses that happen to be white, others are business coat/dress ensembles that happen to involve white lace, and some are prom dresses that would probably look better in color. It’s rare that a bridal collection doesn’t look bridal at all, but this one doesn’t even seem to be trying.

    • You stole the words out of my fingers.
      I was thing with a few dress: “Oh, just throw on some colored accesories and I’d totally go to a dinner party with this!”.

    • Exactly. I was going to write “Meh” but yours was more eloquent.

    • MilaXX

      I think they can work for a second wedding or a more causal wedding.

      • Just what I was thinking. Many are also perfect for a beach wedding.

      • steeg of their own

        Do you really think that anyone considering a Monique Lhuillier gown is looking for a sensible second wedding dress, or a casual wedding dress? These dresses cost more than some home mortgages, and if the bride is wearing Lhuillier, it’s not because she wants to be modest or casual.

        • Sarah

          I think that it’s a matter of your taste, pretty much. They all look good to me. The longer ones are more formal, of course, but they don’t look like “prom” or “business” at all, to my mind. Lace + white + beading = wedding. No one but no one is showing up at a business meeting in a white coat and dress. The setting makes the wedding, and if you are able to afford one of these dresses, you’ll design your wedding around it if you love it THAT much.

        • MilaXX

          Yes I do. There are people who don’t necessarily want a long gown for their wedding. If you watch say yes to the dress they always have their fair share of brides coming in who want a shore dress. Some of these bridezillas want a second dress for the reception that they can dance in, and yes, they do indeed spend crazy cash like that on a short dress.

        • ankali

          Even rich people can be sensible or casual in their style.

        • MilaXX

          Case in point, Keira Knightly just got married in short dress designed by Karl Lagerfeild. Today’s gals sometimes just go for a short dress.

      • Yes, Milaxx, I really think the first half is definitely second wedding appropriate, which given our divorce rate, is really a smart market to target. Some of the longer ones are gorgeous and others odd, the simple dress with the lace cape is stunning. And sleeves! Yay, sleeves!

        • Short, sophisticated and/or fun wedding dresses are very, very in, and not just for second weddings. The princess thing isn’t over, but it really isn’t nearly as popular as it was. Plus there are a lot of late 20s/early 30s first time brides these days.

    • rainwood1

      Whether the collection looks bridal depends on how expansive your view of bridal happens to be. I think most of these would be lovely for a bride who isn’t interested in looking like everyone else when she walks down the aisle or across the sand or wherever her wedding may take her. They are very sophisticated, and some are just sheer loveliness.

    • MoHub

      There are also some sleepwear negligée-and-nightie combinations.

      • ankali

        I like that 70s negligee-cum-hostess gown vibe that #17’s got going on.

    • 3boysful

      I agree! Some of it looks like maternity wear. I MUCH prefer Carolina’s collection.

    • Janice Viazanko

      A lot of these reminded me of first communion dresses from the 70’s. Not bridal at all.

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  • Lori

    I love that she did so many short & tea length dresses and I love most of the coats, wraps & caps. I’m less sold on the rest of it, but I’m not the target market for the poofier stuff.

  • buildmeatower

    A lot of this is too frilly/lacy for me (actually most bridal wear is, which is unfortunate since I am currently in the market for a wedding dress) but I love that long sleeves are finally becoming a thing. Long sleeves are one of my requirements for a wedding dress (with requirement in this case meaning “I could be talked into something else but it would have to be pretty damn special”) so it’s lovely to see more choices.

  • TLJezebel

    These dresses give me a reason to take back my oath to never marry again!

  • Pretty, though a lot of these read as “second marriage” to me. Les bride-y, and more pretty-white-dress-or-gown.

  • tereliz

    There were dresses in the first few slides? I was too distracted by the shoes.

    Actually, I really love #21. The neckline is so beautiful it makes me forget about the origami skirt.

    • Toni Busch

      I agree. I am trying to determine if there is a see-through side to the shoes, or if their toes are spilling out.

      • tereliz

        I think they’ve got a plastic panel. Totally worth every penny to show off your sweaty baby toes.

      • pop_top

        There’s a panel. Look at the lifted foot in #8.

  • MyrtleUrkel

    Monique L’Huillier is my favorite wedding dress designer. Her dresses are gorgeous and I love this collection, especially the shorter dresses—not everyone wants a long gown.

  • geans

    Sweet lord, someone’s shown some imagination with bridal! And sleeves and straps! Glory!

  • TheAmericaness

    A lot lovelier than some of the other collections I’ve seen – and at least the models seem to have been instructed to appear at least minimally pleased to be there and not constipated.

  • atelier482 .

    Mostly pretty but definitely not to my taste. Some of the first dresses are quite shapeless. The 3rd to the last dress (side hip origami one) reminds me of Armani Prive Spring 2010.

  • In love with the sublimely simple long dress with cape. Perfection.

    • My fave too, though looking at this page with a smartphone made me scroll down lots and initially ooo and ahh at many of the necklines.

  • VioletFem

    This may be an irrational pet peeve but I cannot stand short wedding dresses. The long ones are pretty in this collection are pretty, if not a bit standard.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The few looks are definitely for the bride with a baby bump. Some of the later dresses are pretty but overall the collection is pretty banal.

  • I love the shorter, courthouse-wedding styles. Of the long ones, I’m lusting for the Lucia de Lammermoor-ish one (long cape, long nightgown.)

  • I love the floatyetheral cape. The first two boxy ones would be perfect for going to the justice of the peace right after you start to show.

  • This is one of the best collections I have seen in a long time….

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Ooh, love the 10th one down (with the long lace cape thing). Could be an elegant dress for a LOTR-themed wedding :-). The shoes in the first two pictures looks super awkward.

    • YES! I thought it was also channeling a bit of Star Wars guards of the Senator.. only in white vs red.

  • Adelaidey

    Sheer sleeves, capelets and jackets are baby steps to reverse the damage done by decades of strapless monotony. I’ll take it.

  • 1-5: Please let’s not make a big deal of this whole wedding thing.
    7: Winner of the toilet-paper-bride game at the shower.

    10 & 13: Auditions for The White Priestess of Death were surprisingly competitive.
    15: Fuck you, I’m wearing fur.
    16: Lite Brite Bride
    17: Isn’t this from the wedding scene in The Doors?
    25: There are a minimum of 4 different dresses there.

    • demidaemon

      Man, I don’t fell like counting today. Could you more specifically describe #25. Also, the fact that there are that many dresses in this collection tells me that there are too many dresses in this collection.

  • I feel like the cocktail length dresses are punishment for asking for sleeves.

  • MilaXX

    Happy to see sleeves, but I only sorta of like these. If I had to pick I like the top halves of #6 & 8, but only because my dream gown is 3/4 length and off the shoulders.

  • Trisha26

    #16 and #18 for me – pretty without the pouf! #’s 10, 13, & 17 look like peignoir/nightgown situations. Don’t care for the short/coat ensembles either.

  • Qitkat

    I’ve got bridal overload fatigue.
    The final look is gorgeous.
    The sparkly gown works this time.
    What bride wants to feel like she is in a straight jacket getting married?
    The very simple dresses actually are pretty. But feel as though they are for a different occasion.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Best: #18. Silver beaded one. Wow.

    Worst: #27. Nude beige that’s falling off the model’s bust. Blech.

  • nannypoo

    Someone should show that last model where the cake is.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Sleeves! Dresses for grown-ups to wear! ACTUAL FASHION! What is this bridal sorcery???

  • Beverly Kozma

    I love that there are short ones. But if you want to wear one of these, you might have to tape your boobs down.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Finally, something beautiful you can truly own.

    Far above the other collections this year for me…love the sleeves, love the ivory, love the organza flowers, love the bouyant skirt layers over a smaller skirt. Most of these look beautiful and unusual, to my eye.

  • MRC210

    Liked the short dresses but the matching coats were a little too mother-of-the-bride.

  • Am I the only one that has noticed a major trend toward tiers this bridal season, 7th from the bottom being a great example? I really like it.

  • Cz

    Where were all these short/tea-length dresses when I was getting married?

  • GraceArmstrong

    I want to get married (if I get married) in a white suit. Where the wedding suits at??

  • demidaemon

    I fell like many of these would not appeal to the majority of brides. The first half all read matronly, despite the length, because of those jackets. The second half of the dresses are better, but as other BKs have stated, strapless is not quite friendly to the majority of brides. They all read a little cheap, too.

  • titaness25

    I always thought that if I ever was to get married,I would have a Kate Middleton-y veil…until now. NOW I fully want a flowing cape.

  • Finally some sleeves! At least a few. My wedding dress WILL have sleeves.

  • I really love the capes.

  • alyce1213

    Beautiful, wearable. Love the sleeves, different lengths, creamy colors.

  • GTrain

    Great collection, with a wide range of designs to choose from

  • quiltrx

    SIGH…if I could have gotten married in a cape!! I do adore capes SO much. And lots to love here otherwise. I’m liking what appears to be a trend (from the collections we’ve seen) of interesting overlays of lace and embroideries.
    And, as MY dress was candlelight, I’m glad to see it making a couple of appearances!
    (And I so WANT to love the quilted gown…and I do, from the waist down. The bodice looks like a cheap afterthought that *might* not support all that weight!

  • Sleeves! Oh, my god. Sleeves! What a gorgeous, well-rounded collection. Well played, Monique Lhuillier. Well played indeed.

  • PrunellaV

    Third from the bottom: “If you’re not whitening, you’re yellowing.”

  • unbornfawn

    Sleeves, I saw sleeves! I love the exploration of capes and jackets. Not sure how much I like them, but it is exciting to see some dresses in the collection that are not strapless with huge piles of meringue on the bottom.

  • j_anson

    Looks 1-4: For the woman so married to her job she wants to get married in businesswear!
    Everything else: Yawn. Pretty, but there really isn’t room for anything interesting in bridal, is there?
    The ombre dress: Looks like it was unsuccessfully dry-cleaned after an unfortunate mishap at a coffee factory.

  • certainly is a crescendo of drama.

  • Mariah J

    Those coats/capes scream “sad matronly bride” bleh. The rest are either straight out of middle earth or typical Lhuilier bridal.

  • Daenyx

    I love the capes, and the fact that a lot of them aren’t sleeveless, as well as the shorter dresses, but HATE the coats (wtf?) and this collection really doesn’t seem like one collection to me – it’s not absolutely all over the place; there are clear themes, but other than “white” those clear themes seem to have nothing to do with one another. This feels like two or three collections, not just one.

  • While I like the idea of short wedding dresses and jackets and sleeves, and I like a few dresses, this collection seems half done to me.

  • Grace

    When I got married two years ago I couldn’t find ANYTHING I liked so my very talented friend ended up making me a dress. It was nearly a carbon copy of dress #8 but with the open neckline of #19. Obviously, I love this collection and know for a fact that it fills a huge hole in the current market.

  • This years Bridal collections have kinda bored me. I didn’t think I was a bling person, lol, but the dresses seem to be lacking in sparkle this season.
    That said, I love the retro silhouettes.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    The jackets and short dresses are the stars here. I started losing interest the further I scrolled down, but there are lots of beautiful looks in the first half or so.

  • carnush

    I wish I had that first outfit for my wedding.

  • mmc2315

    Yay for jackets!

  • I love the texture of the sheer sleeves/bodice in the 7th pic; would love to see a long version of that dress.

  • more like mother of the bridal collection

    • librarygrrl64

      Not every bride is 25. Or getting married for the first time. Signed, an almost-49-year old. 🙂

      • oh I know 😛 I was just riffing off the boxy jackets, seems standard M O B , no offense intended :p

        • librarygrrl64

          No offense taken. But, in all seriousness, this collection definitely fills a gap in the bridal market. 🙂

  • GinaGeo

    My analysis of wedding dresses comes down to: Would Jackie O, Princess Grace, or Audrey Hepburn wear these if they were of this generation? If yes, then they are winners. A lot of these would fall into that category.

  • Watts

    I know, I know, it’s “fashion” and they’re models, but I wish bridal runway had SMILES. What’s one of the words you most often want associated with you as a bride? “Radiant.” As much as a bouquet as an accessory helps you envision the gown as bridal wear, a smile would help too.


  • Jonquil

    I hate the gradient effect on some of the dresses. All I can imagine is that the bride’s stagecoach got stuck in the mud and she had to run to the ceremony.

  • guest2visits

    Lots of a 50s, early 60s feel to many of these. In fact I think that’s my mom’s wedding gown; #21.
    I also see that mid-century nightie, look. The sets with the matching sheer ‘robe’. (4,5,10,13).
    Omg, I soo wanted one of those pretty gossamer nighties back then… they were everywhere, and I can’t
    remember the the brand, but they were IT.
    I like 4 and 8 (long would be even nicer for 8). And the last one.

  • LOVE the short dresses and the sleeves! Any designer that puts sleeves on a wedding dress gets a huge tick from me, basically.

  • MissAmynae

    urgh. nightgowns and bedsheets, with a few stunners.

  • DeidreRobbers

    As we approach our 26th anniversary, we’ve discussed renewing our vows. The first 4 dresses would be perfect for that! Not sure how a young bride would look in them, though.

  • AmeliaEve

    For all those young women who’ve dreamed of walking down the aisle in a peignoir set, your moment has arrived.

  • librarygrrl64

    LOVE the coats, capelets, and capes! And another designer who offers sleeves!!!!!!