Lace is back with its timeless elegant appeal
One of the trends which has been ruling the runway this season is classic lace. Not new to the fashion scene, lace motifs are common additions to dresses, gowns, even t-shirts. Designers such as Vera Wang, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti, and Roberto Cavalli are snapping up the trend by incorporating lace collars and sleeves in their evening dresses, while popular makeup brands are adding to the delicate look by creating one of a kind lace inspired makeup and eye masks which complement the aura of mystique that lace provides. Lace epitomizes femininity and delicacy, and the incorporation of it in almost any outfit guarantees a timeless, classy look.
One of the best things about lace is its versatility. From runway couture to high street fashion, and Indian ethnic fashion, a little lace can go a long way in adding elegance to an otherwise plain ensemble. It is made from a variety of threads which can range from silk, gold, silver or linen, which are then either knitted, crocheted, machine made or made using needle and thread to form intricate patterns. These patterns can then be sewn on to outfits and accessories. Modern methods of manufacturing lace have resulted in rolls of intricate lace patterns being sold in shops as add-ons which can be stitched to a blouse, dress or a kameez.
Lace also possesses the advantage of slimming down one’s figure. For a plain t-shirt with no embellishment or prints, a single thick strip of lace running horizontally will add depth to the look and will also lengthen the torso if in a contrasting shade. A current trend involves dark colors which are offset by white or nude lace.
Plain dresses and old blouses can also be jazzed up and their impact accentuated via a few rolls of lace. Strips can either be cut and sewn onto sleeves to lengthen them, and sleeveless dresses can simply get added sleeves with thicker pieces. Plain and boring necklines can be given a new lease on life. Designer dresses which are in fashion this spring feature a plain dress which is layered with matching lace, and Indian ensembles are quickly adding the same effect to kurtas and even saris. Lace saris are for the daring, and it is recommended to pair a plain lace sari with a non-embellished blouse or the look might be jarring. Lace is not known to be understated, so strict attention should be given to it!
To complement a lace inspired look, lace accessories and makeup looks serve to inspire and truly bring out this elegant style statement. Victorian inspired lace gloves, fancy lace umbrellas, and even lace trimmed handbags are making statements, and the growing popularity of it in Indian fashion has inspired design houses like Satya Paul to create exquisite couture pieces. For ladies who wish to get their hands on this exciting trend, the do-it yourself possibilities are endless! Just buy your own roll of lace and begin sewing it on to your plain hued kurtas, kurtis, even your blouses, and be part of the movement!