Actress Kristen Stewart is on a publicity tour to promote the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 just, which opened in the U.S. on November 18, 2011. Recently, she was spotted rocking a black and blue strapless dress from Los Angeles-based fashion designer Monique Lhuillier on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The body conscious number highlights one of fall’s biggest trends: color blocking.
This isn’t the first time that Stewart has worn a Lhuillier design. At the 2010 Academy Awards she donned a custom made strapless gown in midnight blue silk satin organza gown. The dress featured a beautifully sculpted bodice and fitted asymmetrical draped trumpet skirt.
Lhuillier, who majored in fashion design at FIDM, launched her self-titled company in 1996, with a bridal collection. After becoming a top American wedding dress designer, Lhuillier added ready-to-wear and eveningwear in 2001. She has attracted fans such as Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Swank, and Katie Holmes. There are Monique Lhuillier salons in Beverly Hills and Minneapolis.
“I didn’t know how to cute and sew before I came to FIDM,” Lhuillier explains. “When I was a student I was full of dreams and knew I loved clothing, but I was also scared. I was fortunate that I could start my own line and risk it all.” In addition to her success in fashion, Lhuillier designs a tabletop collection for Royal Doulton, stationery and fine paper, and a bed, bath, and home collection.