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C California Style

Front of the House

by intern

Inside the fantastical world of Monique Lhuillier’s head-turning window displays.

Umbrellas suspended amid raindrops, dangling emerald crystals and curtains, and even flocks of golden origami birds…every five to six weeks, the storefront at fashion designer Monique Lhuillier’s boutique on Melrose Place takes on a fresh fantasy with interchanging displays inspired by what’s inside. “The concept always starts with the dresses,” she explains. The latest show of cascading cherry blossoms parallels the rosy colors and textures seen in Lhuillier’s spring collection and pays homage to a beloved cherry tree planted outside her home in Los Angeles. “I take an element from the design and expand on it.” The displays—Lhuillier and her team have created approximately 250 different themes since the store’s opening in 2008-—bring an otherworldly quality to the shopping experience. “My store is an opportunity to share my world, my vision, with my customer.” 8485 Melrose Pl., L.A., 323-655-1088.

Edited By Samantha Traina.
Written By Megan Meyer.