For the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal collection, the wedding dress designer was inspired by Alice in Wonderland. “Following Alice’s path of fantasy and curiosity, my gowns transform into magical imaginations and beautiful enchantments,” she said. “There’s also a dark side to that fairy tale, and that was my way of incorporating the sultry side of the bride.”

Lhuillier embraced the dark side of the fairy tale for more bold embellishments and moody hues while still evoking a timeless romanticism. Rich embroideries, deep necklines and dramatic tulle skirts and light beaded details softened up some of the more sexy elements.  make for absolutely stunning looks this bridal season.

Gowns with low, open backs, sheer embellished bodices and plunging necklines gave the collection a more sensual appeal than in past seasons, while layers of nude tulle created the illusion of skin. Lhuillier also added a few non-ivory options — some dresses bore subtle accents of green and peach — to her lineup of embellished gowns fit for a modern-day Alice.