Spring’s gorgeous gowns
Renee Minus White | 12/5/2013, 5:22 p.m.
Known for her beautiful bridal designs, Monique Lhuillier presented an exquisite collection of evening wear for spring ’14. These red-carpet fashions are enhanced with delicate details and exude an effortless sense of style and sophistication. In vibrant colors, they flow gracefully down the runway.
Established in 1996 by Lhuillier and her husband, Tom Bugbee, the company is considered one of the leading American fashion houses. Lhuillier has had a lifelong love for fashion and a natural inclination to design bridal and evening gowns
When she was searching for her own wedding gown, there was a lack of options, which inspired her to start her own company. Today, the company provides an elegant collection of evening wear, as well as ensembles for brides, bridesmaids and a complete ready-to-wear collection for women.
Her designs are refined and meticulously constructed. The looks are glamorous. For her lifestyle brand, she collaborated with Waterford on tabletop collections of fine china, stemware, flatware and giftware. She also launched a fine paper line, followed by a home fragrance collection.
Her designs are currently available in premium stores throughout the world, including prestigious retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Harvey Nichols.
Another designer who presented unusual gowns was Alon Livne. His experience includes stints at premiere luxury European houses. He’s Israel’s most prestigious young fashion designer, having trained at Alexander McQueen in London. He was appointed to the Italian fashion house of Roberto Cavalli at the age of 22. He focuses on custom-made gowns with intricate details for celebrities and international royals.
After branching out on his own, Livne won first prize in the Israeli version of “Project Runway.” Most recently, he designed custom gowns for Beyoncé and her dancers on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.