By Cathy Ann Sauer / Buyer Nina Raynor
I usually preach that one should tread lightly when it comes to anything too “trendy.” They are often the items that get worn once and then slowly suffocate in your closet.
Yet, fashion trends should not be ignored. There is an art to blending trends into your wardrobe and a big one for spring fashion 2012 is lace. You have to be careful with it because lace can look too cutesy, too bridal, or too old. Done correctly, lace is exquisite.
The spring collections I saw recently in New York were peppered with all types of lace: chantilly lace, corded lace, French lace, English lace, beaded lace. Whether layered over four-ply silk or a mid-drift teasing peek-a-boo inset, or a lovely long sleeve, lace graced the showrooms.
Just like color-blocking, lace tip-toed into the collections this past summer, and is holding strong for spring. Watch for it on everything from shorts to gowns to purses. Put into play correctly, lace can create a kitchy bohemian look when paired with jeans, or embody ultra feminine elegance when layered over silk.
I saw beautiful lace touches at Roland Nivelais, Marchesa, Carmen Marc Valvo,Carol Peretz and just about every other showroom we visited. Among the more delicate were those dresses where lace was softened by a tulle overlay, as seen at Tadashi.
Keep your eye out for lace this coming spring. Think how it can blend with your current wardrobe or give you a stunning look for an upcoming special occasion.