I’ll be honest. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lace. I always find it’s slightly too much for the minimalism fiend within me to handle. I do believe, however, that it looks a million times better on a person than on the hanger. It’s a fabric that needs structure to work otherwise I am reminded of the lacklustre drape of my granny’s curtains.
There is one designer that keeps the ‘love’ part of my lace relationship intact though – Erdem. His somewhat habitual use of lace in his designs, especially in his SS11 collection, has kept the delicate material in the fashion game and most definitely given it a new lease of life. His lacy masterpieces are nothing less than magical and he somehow manages to maintain its pretty nature whilst creating a modern statement. My love for his work grew even deeper when the Duchess of Cornwall initiated her 2011 North American tour in an Erdem navy lace dress. The epitome of modern grace, I couldn’t think of a better muse for Erdem’s beautiful pieces. But who can forget Kate’s wedding dress? An Alexander McQueen lace embellished piece, her love for lace is pretty apparent. Only a few days ago she wore a lace McQueen number to Prince Phillip’s Birthday event.
Kate Middleton, Erdem ‘Cecile’ dress; Kate Middleton, Alexander McQueen; Victoria Lace Midi Dress, Oasis, £85; Adonia Lace Dress, Oasis, £55
With a powerful backing from both royalty and fashion royalty over the past few years, it is not surprising that we are still seeing lace on today’s runways and high street rails. The potential it holds for creativity is the reason for its recent success. Whether it’s been dyed a vibrant colour or the pattern has been adapted, there are many ways you can wear lace and stay on trend. Stella McCartney adopted lace into her SS14 collection and added a peek-a-boo detail, replicated on the high street by Missguided. For me, this style suits white the best.
Stella McCartney, SS14; Stella McCartney SS14; Galanta Midi Skirt, Missguided, £24.99; Dorla Crochet Lace Bralet, Missguided, £24.99
Christopher Bailey also opted for lace in his SS14 collection. His lacy creations were brought to life by a laser cut finish and an array of pastel shades. This lady like approach to lace highlights how pretty this fabric can be and how delicate it can appear. If you want a girly look, team pastel lace with even more pastels to stay on trend.
Burberry SS14; Burberry SS14; Lace Hem Crop Top, Topshop, £34; Lace Chiffon Panel Tee, Topshop, £38