Left to right: Valentino, Irwin & Jordan, Dolce & Gabanna and Christopher Kane
Images courtesy of elle.co.uk and style.com
Since Prada’s autumn 2008 collection, lace has become a catwalk favourite although this season’s versions couldn’t be further from Miuccia’s dark Sicilian widows.
In fact some of the best looks weren’t actually lace per se. Christopher Kane’s neon lace dresses and separates were made from perforated leather coated in vinyl to look like lace. It’s a bright, bold and sexy take on a somewhat old fashioned fabric.
Dolce & Gabanna’s sweet and sexy broderie anglaise dresses are a more traditional Italian look. You can imagine yourself swanning around the rolling hills of Tuscany in these (but less of the leopard/lace hybrids). Valentino’s thick couture lace was similar to Prada’s but way more feminine. These styles have a artisanal feel to them and look fab when paired with something less formal, like a pair of shorts.
Chantilly lace is always delicate but can border on wedding dress territory if you go for a super feminine style. Try a one shoulder dress as seen at Monique Lhuillier.
Colour is a great way to make your lace look contemporary but steer clear of pastels. If you aren’t convinced by Kane’s neons, go for red as seen at Irwin & Jordan. I am also currently obsessed with nude and blush tones because they look so chic.
Styles made entirely from lace can look stuffy, so dip into the trend but going for styles featuring lace trims or accents. Mix it with fabrics like silk or leather. Think less girly and more edgy.
There’s also nothing sexier than black lace, even though its spring. For the evening, choose a structured or tight dress (Dolce & Gabbana are the Kings of sexy lace). I am also partial to wearing a short sleeved black lace top such as this style with a pair of skinny black trousers or denim for a tough, rock chic look.
And onto the don’ts. I know it’s tempting, but no lace camisoles (I love my PJ’s but that’s no excuse to wear them out in public). Same goes for lacey bras poking out from underneath your top. Avoid polyester lace – that may count out H&M – and tops with a sheer lace backs. It’s not sexy to have your bra strap on view.