FILIPINA MONIQUE LHUILLIER
US Celebrity Fashion Designer
Heidi Montag – Ashlee Simpson – Alicia Silverstone
Pictures of actress Reese Witherspoon’s Monique Lhuillier wedding gown are still under wraps, but expect it to feature some of the lushly romantic details that have made the Los Angeles-based designer a celebrity favorite.
Lhuillier, who reportedly worked for weeks on the gown for Witherspoon’s March 26 wedding to entertainment agent Jim Toth, has been designer of honor for a growing list of celebrity brides including Carrie Underwood (for whom she made two Chantilly lace dresses), as well as expectant mothers Alicia Silverstone, Jewel and Pink.
Lhuillier also whipped up the $45,000 strapless confection “The Bachelor” bride Molly Malaney wore to wed Jason Mesnick in prime time last year.
Here’s hoping the designer can use a portrait of beaming Academy Award winner Witherspoon and her groom to replace some of the unlucky-in-love couples who’ve also made her celebrity brag book. Her current client slide show includes images of splits-ville Ashlee Simpson Wentz, briefly married Kate Walsh and a pre-enhancement Heidi Montag. (That would be exactly the right place to insert the newlywed’s mug.)
Lhuillier, a Philippines native of French-Filipino descent, has been making bridalwear since 1996, inspired by what she has described as void of couture details in the wedding gown market.