April 30, 2011

lace: perfected

while lace may not be the most unusual material for a wedding gown, i still insist on taking some credit for predicting kate middleton's sarah burton dress!  lace was all i could think about this entire week -- i wore it almost every day, and even wrote a rather in-depth article about it for college magazine.  {take a look for some elegant inspiration!}

not only was kate's dress topped with a stunning hand-made lace bodice and sleeves, but pretty bits of lace sparkled along the bottom of the gown and all throughout the full layers. those kinds of details are what make a wedding dress special, and considering the extreme conditions the dress was made under, it was quite the special piece. 

lacemakers hand-appliqued a mixture of chantilly and english lace with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock designs. and to make sure the lace stayed bright white, they washed their hands every 30 minutes.  that is quite possibly the epitome of elegance!

yet the way kate wears the dress (instead of the dress wearing her) is really what makes it so breathtaking.  she looks as elegant, feminine, and sophisticated as possible -- nothing about the lacy look is trendy, boring, predictable, or overly traditional, which is a .  she helped sarah burton create a conservative piece (because heaven forbid someone's shoulders are exposed in westminster abbey!) that was both traditional and modern. 

lace is one of my true obsessions, and i can't get enough of how the runway looks below exemplify the hyper-femininity that lace is taking on this season.  if royalty is following suit, these designers must be on to something!

{ collette dinnigan }
{ d & g }
{ erdem }

and my own personal favorite lace piece (at a much lower price): a structured top from forever21! last seen here
/ worn with a j.crew necklace and bracelet, nordstrom bp banded skirt, and ray-ban specs /


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