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