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September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.
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February 13, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
At Marc Jacobs, the final show of the fall 2014 season of New York Fashion Week, the overriding feeling was lightness and calm, which may be how the designer is feeling after leaving his post as artistic director at Louis Vuitton in Paris to focus full time on his own label based in New York. The palette was pale, and the prevailing silhouette a futuristic-looking tunic top worn over slim, flared pants with contouring paneling the only details. There were also cloud-like, rounded shearling jackets, rib knit leggings and sweaters, paired with color block flat boots.
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September 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK - Not surprisingly, red-carpet favorite Monique Lhuillier drew a crowd of front-row lovelies to her show Saturday night at New York Fashion Week, including Ashley Madekwe, Emmy Rossum, Perry Reeves, Maggie Grace, Rose McGowan and Stacy Keibler. The inspiration: "Sheer elegance," according to the show notes, with "delicately balanced textures, innovative layering and sophisticated ease. " The look: A renewed emphasis on daywear, with short-sleeve lace tops, some with jeweled collars, multicolored lace pencil skirts and cloque pants in hothouse shades of coral, orchid, fuchsia and poppy red; dresses with high-low hems, including one short-sleeve style in nude tulle dotted with multicolored embroidered blossoms; rose gold Deco embroidered tulle tunic and gown ensembles; breezy ball gowns in floating solid-color chiffons or brush-stroke florals.
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January 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Lupita Nyong'o, who was the sartorial star of the Golden Globe Awards in her red Ralph Lauren cape gown, is wearing Gucci to the SAG Awards tonight. It's a turquoise silk crepe column gown with gold and turquoise floral embroidered straps. Nice, but not the stunner that the Globes look was. Nyong'o's dress does speak to one of the evening's big trends though. Blue is giving red a run for its money as the cool red carpet hue. Morena Baccarin's royal blue tulle cap-sleeve Monique Lhuillier gown is one example.
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September 10, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Marissa Webb, who was the head of women's design at J Crew two years and with the company for a decade before striking out on her own earlier this year, had an auspicious debut at New York Fashion Week, where she showed her spring-summer 2013 collection in a presentation format. Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Versatile separates that play on the contrast between hard and soft, masculine and feminine, neutral and bright colors. A lot of leather (moto shorts, pants and zippered vests)
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February 11, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
For years, people struggled to pronounce her name. But no more. L.A.'s Monique Lhuillier (loo-lee-ay) has become a force not only on the runway but the red carpet too. Her collection, presented Tuesday, was her most confident yet and her most refined. Inspired by the jewels of the maharajah, evening wear came in spicy shades of plum, olive, mustard, magenta and brown, embellished with semiprecious stones.
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September 24, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The Emmys red carpet was once considered the minor leagues, with big-name designers saving their most prized couture creations for film stars to wear at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. But no more. This year's Emmy Awards saw TV stars wearing major fashion - even if it didn't always work. Julianne Moore wore a vivid yellow, long-sleeve, knitted cashmere top and silk ball skirt from Raf Simons' first couture collection for Christian Dior, shown in Paris in July. An insidery fashion choice to be sure, and a modern take on dressing up. But the color and silhouette didn't particularly flatter her. The under-the-sea theme has been big on the spring runways.
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April 29, 2013 | By Susan Denley
They call it the "nerd's ball," but the Washington correspondents' dinner on Saturday was anything but, with a dazzling array of Hollywood stars brightening things up. Katy Perry, Hayden Panettiere and Barbra Streisand mingled with grizzled journalism vets and talking heads. Sofia Vergara, for instance,  was spotted laughing with Bill O'Reilly. Despite all the stars, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore says that when it came to fashion, all eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama, who was wearing a beaded black lace gown by Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier.
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February 13, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
At Marc Jacobs, the final show of the fall 2014 season of New York Fashion Week, the overriding feeling was lightness and calm, which may be how the designer is feeling after leaving his post as artistic director at Louis Vuitton in Paris to focus full time on his own label based in New York. The palette was pale, and the prevailing silhouette a futuristic-looking tunic top worn over slim, flared pants with contouring paneling the only details. There were also cloud-like, rounded shearling jackets, rib knit leggings and sweaters, paired with color block flat boots.
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January 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Lupita Nyong'o, who was the sartorial star of the Golden Globe Awards in her red Ralph Lauren cape gown, is wearing Gucci to the SAG Awards tonight. It's a turquoise silk crepe column gown with gold and turquoise floral embroidered straps. Nice, but not the stunner that the Globes look was. Nyong'o's dress does speak to one of the evening's big trends though. Blue is giving red a run for its money as the cool red carpet hue. Morena Baccarin's royal blue tulle cap-sleeve Monique Lhuillier gown is one example.
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October 31, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay
“This is my favorite house in L.A.,” exclaimed celebrity stylist and designer Mary Alice Haney Davidov about the sprawling Holmby Hills estate belonging to Bradley and Colleen Bell. Wednesday night, the Bell's home hosted hundreds of supporters, including Portia de Rossi, Monique Lhuillier and Harper's Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey, who turned out for the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles' (PSLA) 4th annual Autumn Party, the charity and event founded by Rochelle Gores Fredston.
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September 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK - Not surprisingly, red-carpet favorite Monique Lhuillier drew a crowd of front-row lovelies to her show Saturday night at New York Fashion Week, including Ashley Madekwe, Emmy Rossum, Perry Reeves, Maggie Grace, Rose McGowan and Stacy Keibler. The inspiration: "Sheer elegance," according to the show notes, with "delicately balanced textures, innovative layering and sophisticated ease. " The look: A renewed emphasis on daywear, with short-sleeve lace tops, some with jeweled collars, multicolored lace pencil skirts and cloque pants in hothouse shades of coral, orchid, fuchsia and poppy red; dresses with high-low hems, including one short-sleeve style in nude tulle dotted with multicolored embroidered blossoms; rose gold Deco embroidered tulle tunic and gown ensembles; breezy ball gowns in floating solid-color chiffons or brush-stroke florals.
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September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.
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August 29, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
It is difficult to imagine that before 1950 the bridal industry did not exist. The growth of what is today a $70-billion dollar industry is reflected at the Pasadena Museum of History's exhibition “I Do! I Do! Part II.” August marked the opening of the second installment of the museum's survey of wedding fashion. While Part I exhibited the most beautiful dresses between 1850 and 1950, Part II presents dresses from roughly 1950 to the present, chosen for the way they define specific styles of the era. The exhibition follows themes throughout the decades, such as the influence of royalty and film, the growth of the bridal industry itself and more recently the progression of same-sex marriage.
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July 3, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna was a showstopper on the red carpet at Chanel's haute couture show in Paris on Tuesday. She wore a long, slouchy cream-colored cardigan, unbuttoned down to there and up to here -- in fact, only three buttons right around the middle seemed to hold it together. She accessorized with ropes of pearls and a floral brooch. What she didn't wear was a bra, and it was possible to see a nipple ornament under the thin sweater fabric. [The Cut] Model Jourdan Dunn tweeted that she was dropped from Dior's haute couture show because her chest was too big for the clothes.
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May 3, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Rebecca Hall loves designer labels. While promoting her new film "Iron Man 3,"  Hall showed off her expensive tastes on the red carpet.  "Shopping is a bit of a relaxing hobby for me, which is sometimes troubling for the bank balance," Hall told Vogue UK . The British actress has professed her love on numerous occasions for the British brand Mulberry and has been seen sitting front row at the label's shows.  Hall doesn't experiment much...
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October 31, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay
“This is my favorite house in L.A.,” exclaimed celebrity stylist and designer Mary Alice Haney Davidov about the sprawling Holmby Hills estate belonging to Bradley and Colleen Bell. Wednesday night, the Bell's home hosted hundreds of supporters, including Portia de Rossi, Monique Lhuillier and Harper's Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey, who turned out for the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles' (PSLA) 4th annual Autumn Party, the charity and event founded by Rochelle Gores Fredston.
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April 29, 2013 | By Susan Denley
They call it the "nerd's ball," but the Washington correspondents' dinner on Saturday was anything but, with a dazzling array of Hollywood stars brightening things up. Katy Perry, Hayden Panettiere and Barbra Streisand mingled with grizzled journalism vets and talking heads. Sofia Vergara, for instance,  was spotted laughing with Bill O'Reilly. Despite all the stars, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore says that when it came to fashion, all eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama, who was wearing a beaded black lace gown by Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier.
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April 29, 2013 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
Opera, fashion and art came together Saturday night when  Genlux magazine fashion editor, filmmaker and photographer Amanda Eliasch threw a Brit Week bash at her West Hollywood hillside home above the Sunset Strip. The colorful poolside party for fellow creatives from across the pond was held in an eclectic setting, with a panoramic view of Los Angeles to the south, a hot pink piano due north and a burgundy crocodile, stirrup-dangling bench near the southeast outdoor bar that could've ambled out of "50 Shades of Grey.
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