Photos: John Aquino
If a bridal designer declares that "romance and extravagance are back," one hopes that said bridal designer is Monique Lhuillier. Too much romance and extravagance (or poorly executed versions of) can easily descend into bathos, and in bridal, this often means aspirin-white polysatin heaped with synthetic lace and an absurd amount of crystal beading. But if Monique says her new collection is all about romance and extravagance, you just know the gowns are going to be a lot more palatable. And the timing feels right: Now that her more fairly-priced collection, Bliss, is comprised of classic, feminine silhouettes with a just dash of frilly embellishment, the designer is obviously basking in the creative possibilities that exist in couture.