I’ve been on a huge lace “kick” this spring. White is always my go-to color, so my craving for lace comes fairly naturally.
Soft and feminine, lace – the word itself derived from the Latin laqueus, meaning loop or noose – is never far from the surface of women’s fashions. Lace production first boomed in Europe during the 1700s. Handcrafted needle-made lace was not only a labor-intensive effort, but also involved high amounts of personal skill. Worn as a sign of prestige and wealth, it was among the most valued of a household’s possessions. Some periods of history since then have been more lace obsessed than others, but the strong feeling for it this time around speaks to our growing desire for heritage styles with long-lasting heirloom qualities.
Can you think of another fabric that encompasses two such opposite ends of the spectrum as readily as lace does? I can’t. Both traditional and modern, demure and sexy, girlish and womanly, it’s no wonder it’s so popular with royal brides, Madonna and Italian designers, Dolce & Gabbana.
Get on the lace trend. You’ll thank me later.
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Photography: Kristine Cramer Photography