One of the hottest tickets at New York Bridal Week is always the Monique Lhuillier show, and this season we were invited behind the scenes at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Room to watch the runway presentation come together.

The scene was pure fashion chaos, as expected, with models zipping between hair, makeup, nails and the final dressing area where Lhuillier’s latest breathtaking collection was displayed. “This collection has a lot of dramatic fabrics like simplified silk satins and exploding skirts with tons of volume. The designs throwback to more classic shapes and silhouettes,” Lhuillier tells us. “With my ready-to-wear line, my client is extremely fashion forward but for her wedding day she wants to wear something that’s timeless, elegant and traditional with a twist.” Lhuillier says it was also important that her collection include toppers like the dazzling boleros and caplets for brides looking for coverage for the wedding ceremony. Delicate tulle gloves were her other chosen runway accessory adding a further retro twist.

Complementing the fashion vibe was a beauty look that was soft, simple and feminine, right down to the fingertips

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