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When you think about Monique Lhuillier dresses, most people think about her stunning wedding dresses, but last night at Saks Fifth Avenue, Monique set out to show that she can do way more than just design wedding dresses. In a personal appearance at the midtown department store last night, guests were welcomed with delicious pastries. Much to my pleasant surprise, even if you enjoy a few too many of those pastries, her dresses go up to a size 14 to fit more than just the size zero’s of the world.

Her new line, ML Monique Lhuillier is positioned as a more affordable way to get an elegant evening dresses designed by Lhuillier. We talked a lot about diffusion; she said this is just the first step in making her designs more accessible, she likes what brands like Target and H&M are doing with other well-known designers, and says doing a one-off collection that everyone could afford is something she is very interested in. More…

After we left Saks, Kristen and I hopped down one block downtown to Sephora Fifth Avenue where Betsey Johnson was launching her new fragrance, TooToo. Models sporting giant tulle tutus were dancing on pedestals and all of the employees had pink hair extensions.