Designer Monique L?huillier backstage at Monique L?huillier Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Promenade, Bryant Park on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »Monique Lhuillier
, who designed the wedding gowns of Britney Spears
and Jessica Simpson
, has announced that she too will avoid the tents at Bryant Park next month.
She joins a growing list of designers who have opted not to go through with expensive runway shows this season, including Vera Wang
, Betsey Johnson
, Carmen Marc Valvo
, Temperly London, and Naeem Khan
. Lhuillier's spokesperson, Paul Wilmot, claimed the designer's plans for a smaller presentation had little to do with the current economic crisis, saying: We just wanted to do something different, shake things up a little bit – it’ll sell the clothes differently.
While parties invited to the exhibition will have far more intimate access to the designer's collection, it's highly likely that Lhuillier and her business planners hoped to save a chunk of change, as runway shows typically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company is undoubtedly going to take a big hit by Saks Fifth Avenue's recent decision to close 16 of their 18 bridal salons.
Pictures from Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2009 Presentation: