By Andrea Cheng
Updated Oct 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Credit: Don Ashby

Monique Lhuillier never fails to stage a fantastical bridal show. And her fall 2016 collection was no different—the designer transformed her studio space into a garden with walls dripping in lavender. "I envisioned this ethereal bride running through this garden," Lhuillier says. "It's about being free, elegant, and effortless."

She carried over the garden theme to her wedding dresses, embroidering delicate rosettes here and there. And to capture movement, Lhuillier dialed up the drama with voluminous skirts that ballooned out at the waist. She also introduced new techniques, like printing and collaging lace on top of lace, asymmetric necklines, and detachable ball gown skirts (ranging from sweeping feather-embellished ones to sculpted high-low cuts) that can be removed for the wedding reception.

And finally, for the finishing touch, Lhuillier says, "The collection was dusted with crystals and beadwork." More than 500,000 beads, in fact. "But it's done with a light hand—you don't ever feel like a dress is overdone," she explains. "I wanted the collection to be pure fantasy—I wanted to remind people this is what I do."

See the entire Monique Lhuillier fall 2016 bridal collection, ahead.