Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten for Fall 2011 Part 9 - Lace

9.  Lace

While not exactly a new trend, lace continues to be an important element of the fashion scene. The Fall 2011 runways flowed with exquisite lacey designs. Here are a few of my favorites.

Dolce and GabbanaChanel
Dolce & Gabbana Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Chanel Couture Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.

Lace seems to be everywhere for both day and evening, in small touches and over-all coverage; in apparel and in accessories. Lace is indeed a darling of fashion and for good reason. Lace expresses many moods. It is femininity at its purest; it's sexy; it's demure; it's innocent; it's racy. It all depends on how you put the look together. Just one thing....It's just hard to get lace wrong! Here are some of my favorites from this year's retail sector.
Retail - Day Looks
Jason Wu Lace Overlay Blouse $1,225.00
& Bi-Stretch Tuxedo Trousers $855.00
Neiman Marcus
Lace Pencil Skirt
$49.00 $39.00
Newport News
See by Chloe Tiered Lace Blouse $395.00 & Leather Trouser Shorts $595.00
Neiman Marcus
Daytrip Floral vest
Cinch-Sleeve Spacedye Top with Lace
Lace Ruffle Pull-On Skirt
Alexis Mabille

Of course, the evening hours are when lace is at its most spectacular. Whether whipped into a basic black coctail dress or draped into an all-out Red-Carpet worthy evening concoction, lace is the ultimate in feminine expression. The stunning gown by Alexis Mabille, on the left, is but one of the incredibly glamourous styles to grace the Fall 2011 designer runways. Lace is also one of the best offerings at retail. Beautiful after five dresses and ensembles can be easily found in any price range. Here are come of my favorite party, cocktail and evening dresses.
Alexis Mabille Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Retail - Cocktail & Party Dresses
Onxy Crescent V-Neck Lace Dress
$158.00 $110.60
Mandalay Rose Lace Overlay Dress
Neiman Marcus
Maggie London Solid Lace Shift Dress
Lace Open-Back Dress
Victoria's Secret
Carmen Marc Valvo
Couture One-Shoulder Lace Applique Gown
Neiman Marcus
2 B Rych Draped-Neck Lace Dress
$295.00 $177.00
Neiman Marcus
Jason Wu Lace Halter Top
& Sculpted Skirt $1,450.00
Neiman Marcus
Valentino Leather and Swiss Dot Combo Dress
Neiman Marcus
As is often the case with fashion, shoes and handbags have taken this trend to exquisite lenghts. Designers, whether high-end, mainstream, or discount have competely outdone themselves with this fall's delightful offerings.
Retail - Lace Footwear and Handbags
Christian Louboutin
Lace Peep-Toe Pump
Neiman Marcus
Lace Platform Pump
Neiman Marcus
Giuseppe Zanotti
Metallic Lace Slingback Pump
Neiman Marcus
Jimmy Choo Scalloped Lace Pump
Neiman Marcus
Newport News Lace & Patent Shoe Boot
$59.00 $49.00
Newport News
Alexander McQueen Orchid Lace Peep-Toe Pump
$1,165.00 $640.75
And there you have it...my lacey picks for Fall 2011. Some may debate that lace is a current trend because of its perennial popularity, but I feel that it is worthy of being included here because it is a popular look with staying power. Today's lace is an investment that you'll be happy to wear for years to come. I have numerous lace items in my wardrobe that are more than ten years old and look just as fresh when I bought them, so think about adding some new lacey touches to your wardrobe and they'll pay you back for years to come.

Stylishly yours,

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