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Monique Lhuillier Fetes New York Debut

Thursday, November 29, 2012

After 16 years in the business, Monique Lhuillier finally opened her UES flagship last month, which she officially toasted on Tuesday evening with an appropriately elegant soiree hosted by Hannah Bronfman, Marina Rust Connor, Lauren DuPont, Jamie Tisch and Alexandra Lebenthal. Guests the likes of Kelly Rutherford, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jennifer Creel, Ann Caruso, Annabel Tollman and Jean Shafiroff supped on “wedding cupcakes” and champagne whilst touring the intimate rooms and nooks of the 3000 square foot 19th century townhouse, which is highlighted by Monique Lhuillier Waterford chandeliers whose tiers of multi-faceted crystal baguettes cleverly mimick the layers of fabric and delicate beadwork of the designer’s signature gowns.

And about those gowns…while the ground floor displays the ready-to-wear and accessories collections, the second floor – a former gallery that serendipitously became available after Lhuillier bought the first floor – boasts an intimate bridal salon that could double as the ultimate fantasy walk-in closet slash dressing room. Which is no accident: it has been Lhuillier’s “longtime dream” to open a store on the Upper East Side, which underwent nearly two years of renovations and was the was the only location that she and her husband, Tom Bugbee (the company’s CEO), ever considered. “I knew this is where my customer was and that this is where my home should be,” she told us.


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