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See Monique Lhuillier's new bridesmaid dress line at O.C.'s Bella Bridesmaid

February 26, 2011 |  9:58 am


Los Angeles designer Monique Lhullier -- whose wow-factor wedding dresses have, at this point, reached cult status -- has finally launched a signature bridesmaid dress collection for spring (she sells a lower-priced line, ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid, at Nordstom).

And Bella Bridesmaid in Corona del Mar is among the first boutiques to carry the entire line of 16 figure-friendly frocks, which are priced between $275 and $395.

Styles range from fitted dupioni and taffeta cocktail dresses to long, flowing crinkle chiffon gowns.

Among our favorite looks is a bateau-neck shift dress with sunburst waist pleating (the high neck is modest but totally modern); a one-shouldered, fitted silk dupioni cocktail dress with a self-tie that needs no accessories; and a floor-skimming strapless asymmetrical column gown that highlights a toned upper body.

The collection's color palette is more high fashion than traditional bridesmaid, and includes canary yellow, earthy green and a perfect pale pink.

Bella Bridesmaid, 2620 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. (949) 717-7800. By appointment Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Call for Sunday availability.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photos: A trio of looks from Monique Lhuillier's new bridesmaid collection. Credit: Monique Lhuillier