Well, it’s official! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so spring is officially right around the corner. Pay no mind to the sub-zero temperatures, soon the buds will appear on the trees and our long lost color and texture will return to the fashion world. And while we anticipate the season change, one of our favorite trends is making a comeback in a major way. Lace is one of those special fabrics that’s essentially seasonally versatile, but there’s something about bringing it to the front of your closet just in time for the flower and chocolate season of Valentine’s Day. Yet, in the effort to avoid looking like a tablecloth, we’ve pulled some of the fresher, more modern takes on lace to celebrate the season of love!
When thinking of dressing in lace, blue is probably not the first color that comes to mind. But Spring 2013 runways were awash in lovely confections of pastel lace. Tadashi Shoji took a cue from classic English gardens with their flowing lace dresses, peter pan collars and cap sleeves in vibrant jolts of color. We plan to have at least one fun lace dress to toss on for garden parties and the like, and this Lover Christina Lace Mini in a bold swirl pattern fits the bill quite nicely.
If English roses aren’t your thing, black lace is the perfect combination of sugar and spice. Black lace pants are sure to become a must-have for springtime dressy bottoms, due to their ability to easily be dressed up or down. Reem Acra took the glam vamp approach on her Spring 2013 runway, even throwing a pinch of goth into the mix. We picked Aryn K’s Winter Frost pants, which boasts both an evening sheen and a cropped length for a less dramatic — though equally glam — alternative.
Despite the freshness of color and the sex appeal of black, lace is often first thought of in its most innocent form: white. And just because we’re trying to avoid the dreaded doily status, it doesn’t mean we can’t play around with lace in its purest and most original form. Joy Cioci explored modern interpretations of print on retro-inspired shapes for her Spring 2013 collection. We decided to take a page out her book and go with an uncommon, almost tribal, version of white lace in this sleeveless crewneck top by Sam & Lavi. Slipped under a blazer it’ll be the next big thing in springtime workwear.
And finally, what would a feature on lace the week before Valentine’s Day be without a tip of the hat to red lace? The stuff of candlelit dinners and surprise getaways, red lace will always be an integral part of romance. It’s important, however, to not overdo it so as to appear too camp. We loved this mod, geometric silhouette with criss-crossing peekaboo panels that appeared in Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2013 collection. A perfect marriage of sexy and sophisticated, the sleeves and knee length pencil skirt make the look equally appropriate for daytime or evening. For a special Valentine’s date night look, we handpicked Maggy London’s Embroidered Lace Overlay Midi Dress in the sweetest shade of rosy red. As spring begins to bloom, brighten up your wardrobe with a dash of dainty lace!
1. Blue Lace Dress
Runway: Tadashi Shoji Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Lover Christina Lace Mini Dress, now $490
2. Black Lace Pants
Runway: Reem Acra Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Winter Frost Lace Pants By Aryn K, now $49.50
3. White Lace Shirt
Runway: Joy Cioci Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Sam & Lavi Virginia Lace Top, $98
4. Lace Red Dress
Runway: Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Maggy London Embroidered Lace Overlay Midi Dress, $158
Runway Photos: NY Mag and WWD
Image Layout: Second City Style