Tag Archive: Monique Lhuillier

May 07 2013

Met Gala 2013: The Stars Who Embraced ‘Punk – Chaos To Couture’

Safe to say that a lot of celebrities and designers struggled with the punk fashion theme at this year’s Met Gala, some embraced the studs, fishnets, the safety pins, spikes and wrapped tape look, most went with heavier eye make-up than usual, some really took the theme to town, Madonna I am talking about you, while others just ignored it completely, Gwyneth I am pointing this in your direction, and some even made their hair the focus, oh hello Anne Hathaway’s bleached blonde hair-do!!!

Usually I do individual posts for the Met Gala much like my Oscar coverage, but this year I thought I would just do a round-up of my best dressed looks, and focus more on the stars that actually made punk high-fashion.

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As you would expect with it being punk, there was a lot of black, not as much leather as I thought, but lots and lots of black. My favourite black look, and one of my favourites of the night, had to be Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier, a look featuring a leather and lace halter corseted bodice, black lace leggings and a tulle skirt, which was made perfectly punk with her incredible side-swept hair – seriously she so nailed it!!!

Coming in at a close second to Nina in the all-black category had to be Cara Delevingne in Burberry, as well as doing a great trench coat it seems that the British heritage brand also has a naughty side with this gorgeous and sexy spiked, plunging v-neck gown, which worked perfectly with her smokey dark eyes and sleek hair and her strong eye brows.

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There were a lot of other black punk looks that caught my eye – Emma Watson in a revealing wrapped tape Prabal Gurung gown, Jennifer Lawrence in a polished Dior look, and Diane Kruger in Chanel, which was more grunge than punk but I did like the pink dip-dyed touch to her ponytail and spiked clutch. Then there were the blonde crop bombshells – Miley Cyrus and Anne Hathaway – who both looked incredible.

Sporting a slinky black mesh Marc Jacobs gown that Kate Moss has worn, I really liked Miley’s commitment to the theme and I think I am the only one who actually loved her OTT spiked hair. In contrast, Anne’s new blonde hair-do was more sleek and worked perfectly with her very revealing, gorgeously embellished vintage Valentino gown from 1992, which totally makes up for her Oscar look. I love that both totally went for it and I think it paid off.

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But there was one look that completely blew me away and that had to be Sarah Jessica Parker wearing an incredible Philip Treacy mowhawk, a dark and moody paint-splatted printed Giles gown and incredible Christian Louboutin boots – now that is how you do punk fashion!!!

Do you have a best dressed from this year’s Met Gala?

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[Pics: via Monique Lhuillier/Burberry//Valentino/British Fashion Council/Vogue]

Apr 16 2013

Miniature Love: Monique Lhuillier Dollhouse

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My love for miniature has been growing recently – whether its the tiny pen that accompany’s my Filofax, or the adorable cute mini toiletry sets that I have to bring home from a trip at a fancy hotel, or even the itsy-bitsy Victoria Sponge cakes that have become my new favourite thing to bake – my need for doll-sized has been getting a little out of control lately.

I don’t know why but teeny versions really make me smile – so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that one of my favourite red carpet designers Monique Lhuillier had created a doll-sized version of her New York flagship boutique – I think I may have squealed a little.

There are three reasons why I adore this so much, firstly, I have always wanted a dollhouse, secondly, this dollhouse comes complete with incredible Monique Lhuillier Barbie-sized bridal gowns, little shoes, and cute chandeliers, and last but not least, this dollhouse has all been done for charity to benefit Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Yes you could bid for this incredible designer dollhouse – I am already a little jealous of the winner before the auction has even taken place!!!

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Monique Lhuillier’s amazing miniature replica of her Manhattan brownstone flagship will be auctioned off at the Kaleidescope Ball on April 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel along with nine other dollhouses designed by the likes of Mary McDonald, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Waldo Fernandez, Tim Campbell, Jeffrey Alan Marks and fashion stylist Estee Stanley.

I can’t even imagine how much this beauty will go for, a lot I hope, as all the money raised will go to the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute, which researches children’s health and disease. If only I had pockets full of spare cash!!!

I really think I need to add a gorgeous dollhouse to my ever-growing collection of Barbie dolls – I think it would be fun sourcing cute miniature pieces of furniture and decorating each room.

[Images: Monique Lhuillier via WWD.com]

Feb 25 2013

Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Kate Beckinsale Wearing Monique Lhuillier

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Where: At the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars party, held at the Sunset Tower in Hollywood

Wearing: A strapless tulle Monique Lhuillier dress with gold embroidery from the autumn/winter 2013 collection, teamed with Jimmy Choo shoes, a Roger Vivier Paint Box clutch and Chopard jewellery

Verdict: I love this autumn/winter 2013 collection from Monique Lhuillier and this gold-embroidered beauty was perfect for the Vanity Fair party and looked incredible on Kate Beckinsale.

I missed Kate at the main event she always does seem to bring the glamour and I love this princess tulle dress as it is whimsical, stylish and fun, which sometimes isn’t always the case with big Hollywood events.

It is dresses like this that makes the Vanity Fair party red carpet better than the Oscars main event.

[Pic: via Monique Lhuillier]

Jan 11 2013

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: Nina Dobrev Sparkles In Monique Lhuillier

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Who: Nina Dobrev

Where: At the 18th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held in Santa Monica, California

Wearing: An aqua-blue embellished Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress featuring keyhole detail at the bodice from the spring/summer 2013 collection, teamed with Brian Atwood heels

Verdict: I wasn’t the only one who missed Nina on the red carpet of the People’s Choice Awards earlier this week, but it was worth waiting to see her this award season as this is one divine Monique Lhuillier dress.

Whereas everyone seemed to go for floor-length at last night’s Critics’ Choice awards it was refreshing to see the Vampire Diaries star embracing her youth and incredible figure in this jewel encrusted beauty. I am not sure if they are sequins or actual jewels but they certainly dazzled in all the right way for me, and the colour is just gorgeous.

2012 was a great style year for Nina and it seems that 2013 is just going to see her shine even brighter on the red carpet and I can’t wait to see more. I simply love this sexy dress on her.

[Pic: Stipple.com]

Sep 24 2012

Primetime Emmy Awards: Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

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Who: Ginnifer Goodwin

Where: At the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles

Wearing: An orange floral Monique Lhuillier gown from the Resort 2013 collection, teamed with Rona Pfeiffer and Graziela jewellery, Christian Louboutin heels and a  Ferragamo clutch

Verdict: As well as being excited about what the celebs wear at these award ceremonies I am always interested to see which stylists pull out all the stops and this Primetime Emmy Awards it has to be Penny Lovell as she really did an amazing job teaming Ginnifer Goodwin with this statement Monique Lhuillier gown.

I love the colour, the bright orange really popped nicely on the red carpet, I adore the vintage quality of the gown with the dip hem and the floral embroidery, and like with Anne Hathaway I love that Ginnifer really knows how to work her pixie crop.

As well as being impressed by the lovely gown I was also blown away by her gorgeous make-up, her smoky eyes, flawless skin and nude lip is perfection.

There was a lot of colour on the red carpet last night, which I loved, but I think this Monique Lhuillier will be topping the best dressed lists across the board – I love this show stopping look.

[Pic: Starworkartists.com]

Feb 12 2012

NYFW AW12: Monique Lhuillier Brings The Glamour

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I am always a little hesitant on blogging too many New York Fashion Week shows especially as I am not there in person, but I couldn’t resist posting these gorgeous gowns from the Monique Lhuillier autumn/winter 2012 collection showcased yesterday. I think I was in the minority when I loved Sarah Michelle Gellar’s blue ink swirl gown worn to the Golden Globes, but one thing that no one can dispute is how absolutely striking Monique Lhuiller’s floor-length gowns are – and I am sure after yesterdays show a number of high-profile stylists are trying to pull these looks in for their clients for possible Oscar options.

Sticking to a colour palette of mainly red and black, apparently inspired by the fact that it is the year of the dragon, there were some gorgeous fiery prints mixed in that was inspired by lava and volcanic stones and I just loved the vibrant red lippy and sleeked back hair. The whole show was just exquisite and I just loved all the long and lean silhouettes and I hope that a couple of these beauties make the Oscars.

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Black always features on the red carpet at major award ceremonies and this collection was full of elegant black floor-skimming gowns. I loved the mix of sheer chiffon skirts, sheer mesh panels, lace detailing, and sexy thigh-high splits. I could totally see Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, or even Emma Stone working these gorgeous gowns – classics with a sexy twist always gets my vote.

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These two dresses are my outside bets for the red carpet, I just love the colours, the textures and the silhouette of the volcanic rock print is just divine – I love the leather corset belt nipping in the waist.

[Pics: Style.com]

Jan 17 2012

Red Carpet: Golden Globes 2012 – My Best Dressed

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I always find it hard narrowing down my best dressed list, it is easier to say what I don’t like, as I fall in love a lot with red carpet gowns so naming just five is hard. Last year was a little easier because there was Olivia Wilde’s princess gown, Anne Hathaway as a gold goddess and Angelina Jolie in an emerald-green Atelier Versace, the only one to return this year’s red carpet. But here they are – in no particular order – as I couldn’t decide on an order!!

Statement Dress

Well there were a lot of boring gowns this year and for those who went for something a little bit different they really stood out for me as that is what award ceremonies are all about. For me the dress that made the most of a statement was Sarah Michelle Gellar’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. This blue ink splotched ball gown made me swoon when I saw it on TV that I knew instantly that I had to include it. I know it is a controversial choice and for most this dress doesn’t work on her tiny frame but I kind of like that about it. Also she said her 2-year-old had a hand in picking it out – what a great a-list styling career she has ahead of her – this is a genius choice.

Mermaid-Appeal

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I couldn’t have a best-dressed list without including one of the hottest trends from this year’s awards the fishtail. I liked a lot from the classic style on Sofia to the sexiness of Reese, but for me Evan Rachel Wood’s edgy Gucci gown is just exquisite. Everything from the scale sequins to the feathered skirt and train, to the unusual dark green colour – it really is a knock-out gown.

Romantic

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Couldn’t be a best dressed list with a romantic, fairy tale type dress, last year I went with the traditional princess ball gown of Olivia Wilde, this year is a little unconventional but still just as gorgeous, Charlize Theron and her dusky-pink Dior couture gown. I love the oversized bow, the sexy thigh-high split and plunging neckline, but most of all I love the vintage accessories and the colour is just perfection.

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The excitement was in the air at Angelina Jolie hitting the red carpet with Brad Pitt and she most certainly came prepared with a gorgeous Atelier Versace gown. What I loved the most about this gown, other than it being on Angie she never seems to get it wrong during award season, has to be how it fits her perfectly. I also adore the fashion-forward thinking of including the red flash at the neckline, it stops this dress looking a little dated, it also works superbly with her coordinated hot red lippy.

Young Starlets

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I know technically I only have one spot left on my top five but I just couldn’t choose between the Hollywood starlets Emma Stone, Dianna Agron and Zooey Deschanel. Emma for me was all about the unusual pairing of purple and fuchsia in her Lanvin gown and of course that fierce eagle belt. I have to support Dianna for her excellent choice in wearing a Giles dress, not only was it the most intricate detailed dress on the red carpet, it was a huge risk for her to go for a relative unknown designer in terms of red carpet looks – but I am so glad she did as she is a vision in red. As my latest girl crush I had to include Zooey, not only did she have the best nails see below, but I was so pleased to see Prada on the Golden Globes red carpet again. What a way to return with a gorgeous green silk gown with an open back and pearl embroidered top – simply gorgeous.

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Honorary Mention

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I know I already over my top five but I had to include Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann, it is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine and she looks incredible. What I love so much about this tailored-suit shape has to be the ice-blue colour – so divine. Also a special mention has to go to her amazing Pomellato jewellery cuffs – HOT!!!

So who gets your vote for best dress – leave me a comment below and let me know.

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