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Friday, January 7, 2011

Treat Your Bridesmaids to a Low-Cost Monique Lhuillier Look

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier, one of the top queen-bees of bridal, premiered her first line of bridesmaids dresses this month and we couldn’t be more excited about it. There’s an amazing variety of both short and floor-length dresses – all of which would work beautifully for your destination wedding. She has partnered with JS Group International, a leading evening dressmaker with over 30 years of fashion experience, for two bridesmaids collections.

The first collection, Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids, retails for $225-$330 and is available in full-service bridal salons as of January 2011.The second collection, ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids, now retails under $200 with exclusive distribution through Nordstrom’s stores and online. This is great news because Monique Lhuiller’s gorgeous chiffon confections are now available for a broader price point without sacrificing quality and design sensibility.

“[Monique Lhuillier’s] reputation among fashion and Hollywood’s elite and her luxurious design aesthetic is unsurpassed,” says JS Group International’s CEO, Mitchell Hops. “Our goal is to take her signature style and make it accessible to the aspirational shopper.”

Bridesmaids dresses have a reputation of being overpriced and frankly - ugly. Now, bridesmaids can rest easy knowing they can get a quality, name-brand dress that they can wear again and that their bride will love. The line sold exclusively at bridal salons does appear more high-end, but either line would work beautifully for a destination wedding.

One shoulder draped crinkle chiffon cocktail dress. Style #450015. US MSRP $275.00

Racer halter draped grecian gown. Style #450021. US MSRP $325.00

Strapless dupioni dress with front pleats and sash. US MSRP $275.00

Racer halter crinkle chiffon cocktail dress with center flower. Style #450006. US MSRP $325.00

Halter crinkle chiffon gown with front twist. Style #450008. US MSRP $395.00

Strapless side drape taffeta cocktail dress. Style #450010. US MSRP $275.00

Strapless sweetheart polyester chiffon gown. Style #450017. US MSRP $325.00

Strapless ruched taffeta bodice and full aline cocktail dress. Style #450009. US MSRP $275.00

One shoulder dupiono dress with sash. Style # 450002. US MSRP $285.00

One shoulder grecian crinkle chiffon gown. Style #450019. US MSRP $375.00

The looks above are all from the Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Collection sold exclusively at full-service bridal salons. To view the ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Collections, please visit Nordstrom’s web site. So, without further a-do, looks that take the “maid” out of bridesmaid.

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