By Bianca Ffolkes
This season lace is one dimension of the ladylike trend; used as a base this look is about embracing the mood of a temptress, without showing too much flesh. To balance the delicate lace, team it with heavy garments and prints the perfect items are corsets, hold ups, dresses, pencil skirts and tapered trousers. The best part of this look is the vast amount of lace accessories available; if you are unsure about how to include lace into your daily wardrobe choose stilettos, headpieces and clutches.
Traditionally lace is the trademark of veils and wedding dresses, in white and cream and if you like to be unconventional try lace in lighter shades. The lilac lace Miu Miu dress worn by Lily Allen, on the front cover of ELLE for the August edition, was thrust into the spotlight for being featured in similar versions on two other fashion magazines.
Pastel shades are normally avoided but there are some great pieces out in lighter shades. However if you want to remain in the ‘Gothic Romance’ mood it is better to stick to darker shades. Charcoal grey, chocolate brown and navy are good choices. With black be careful not to go overboard as you do not want to look like you are in mourning.
On the runway Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Stella McCartney had stunning lace pieces in their collections for this season seen on the likes of Taylor Momsen, Rihanna and Zoe Salanda.
For the high street the lace Pick of the day, is a Nude Emily Lace sling-back stiletto from Miss Selfridge. These elegant peep-toe evening heels have a satin layer underneath black lace, in midnight blue and orange-peach shade. A nice alternative to other lace products the Nude Emily shoe is an ideal pick for achieving the seductress look.