10 Questions for ... Monique Lhuillier Please tell us a little bit about your background. I was born in the Philippines. My mother is Spanish/Filipino and my father is French which explains my name. Growing up in the Philippines, I was surrounded by a tight knit family. Fashion was engrained in me at that young age and I knew I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer. I chose to move to Los Angeles and attended the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising. When did you know you wanted to become a clothing designer? At 16 years of age, the delightful fantasy of special occasions, especially weddings, began inspiring me. While studying at FIDM, this inclination toward eveningwear directed me to my niche. After graduation, my search for my own wedding gown led me to launch my brand, which initially focused on bridal. What were some of your early influences? My mother was my first source of style inspiration. I was constantly in awe of her fashion sense. She had a children’s clothing line and dressed my brothers and sisters in matching outfits. My father is a successful business man with a strong work ethic. His diligence sparked my entrepreneurial side and helped me to establish a foundation for my business. What was your inspiration for the 2015 Fall Collection? My Fall 2015 Collection plays on the juxtaposition of masculine versus feminine for effortless sophistication. Fluid silhouettes inspired by the seductive 1920s are contrasted by modern,
What other design categories interest you (architecture, home décor, etc.)? My own line has expanded to include tabletop, fine jewelry and accessories. I’m also influenced greatly by architecture and I collect contemporary art.
structured shoulders and tailoring to create dramatic lines. In general, where do you look for creative inspiration? I am constantly inspired by art, travel and architecture. Who’re your favorite designers and why? I love all the design greats: Valentino, YSL, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy. They inspire me in my own designs. However more current designers like Celine’s Phoebe Philo and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci have really infused a modern take on fashion with a very interesting point of view. If you weren’t a clothing designer, what would you be doing? I would be an interior designer.
What’s one item every woman should have in her closet? Everyone needs a fabulous little black dress that is flattering and can be styled numerous ways. A pair of great shoes is a must in any woman’s closet. Any predictions for 2016 trends? I think you will continue to see body conscious silhouettes in 2016. Women are taking great care of themselves and they want to show it off, feel confident and empowered. TRENDS MAGAZINE
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