As one of the fashion industry’s preeminent designers, Monique Lhuillier has a seemingly limitless source of inspiration and skill, which she adroitly applies to each of her finely crafted collections (bridal, ready-to-wear, and recently launched accessories). So when it came time for the Philippine-born, L.A.-based creator’s annual summer family holiday, Istanbul, Turkey—with its grand architecture, centuries-old artistry, and stunning cityscapes—was an obvious choice.

During her time in the Turkish capital of culture (her first visit to the city), Lhuillier toured sites like the Hagia Sophia mosque, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, and dined both at the Shangri-La hotel (where she stayed) and at scenic restaurants like Blue Topaz, overlooking the Bosphorus.

Afterwards, the designer—along with her husband, two children, and sister—set sail up the coast of Turkey, where they stopped at cities like Göcek, Marmaris, and Bodrum.

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