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Fall Trendsetter’s Report: Lace

September 5, 2008

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What is it about lace that makes it so sexy and a little taboo to see as outerwear? For the fall, designers took this delicate fabric outside of the bedroom and onto the runway. Prada ‘s fall runway looks was all about the sexy matron. The demure cuts and silhouettes of Prada’s dresses were transformed into sexy romantic pieces by using delicate lace. Pastel and nude turtleneck dresses underneath lace transformed the too sexy for the runway frocks into tasteful and demure treats.

Temperley London added delicate lace trim to dainty bow dresses in punchy colors such as yellow. Anna Sui and Balmain took the less is more aproach by using a touch of lace here and there on dresses. Balmain covered up its cutout mini body con dresses with lace for a “peek-a-boo” effect while La Perla and Givenchy jazzed up black lace.

Designers proved that lace can be worn outside of the bedroom. Those who used lace in their collections designed tasteful and romantic pieces that were a complete opposite of what most people would think of as trashy. The fabric isn’t as transient as some might think. It’s staying power is probably due to the fact that most designers find it alluring and romantic and can somehow create sophisticated pieces time after time.

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The fabric is hard to wear and is not meant for all body types. For curvier women, choosing a dress with subtle lace trimmings like Temperly London’s yellow dress or Balmain’s peek-a-boo cutout dresses is a more flattering choice. Women with athletic bodies, boyish figures and skinnier frames can get away with an all-over lace dress. It’s a little tough to pull it off without looking trashy but following Prada‘s example by layering lace over an American Apparel figure hugging dress in a pastel color will bring the look together. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing lace, you can still follow the trend by chooses accessories and jewelry with lace accents. Shoes, handbags and jewelry with lace trimmings are appropriate and trendy. Just remember that when it comes to this trend, less is more.

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