Season after season, lace features on catwalk in Paris, New York and London. It’s the most romantic fabric, which makes every women feel feminine and euphoric, no matter the season. You can wear in summer, spring and even winter. It’s a fabric which is more than fashionable and it will never be out of the trends.
The origin of lace is difficult to locate in both time and place. There is some disputes over whether Italy or Flanders can lay claim to the invention of needle lace in the 15th Century. It is certain that bobbin lace was first developed in Italy and Flanders (a region on the border of Belgium and France) at around the same time, though it is not known if one region was the first to develop the technique.
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.
The Ludmila’s Corlateanu “Made for Supergirls” dresses are made from 100% silk and Sophie Hallette lace. Based in Caudry, France and family-run for three generations since its founding in 1887, Sophie Hallette sets the world standard for high-quality lace craftsmanship.
Manufactured respecting traditional methods on Leavers looms more than 100 years old and maintained by craftsmen whose know-how is unique in the world, Sophie Hallette laces are also a staple of the most famous brands in haute couture and luxury goods including: Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Zac Posen, Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Paul Smith, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Erdem, Antonio Marras, Brioni, and Elie Saab.
Beyond expressing itself precious, lace is unique for its ability to embrace the betwixt and between, to narrate an ambiguous sense of femininity that is best told as a story where opposites are free to meet. Both traditional and modern, demure and sexy, girlish and womanly, it’s no wonder it’s so popular with Italian designers like Dolce & Gabbana.
Chantilly, eyelet, guipure, laser cut, appliquéd on canvas or crocheted on cotton, lace in all its many forms was spotted on many designer’ runways. Available in white, black, red, lavender and lemon, the variations and connotations possible were as endless as they were easy.
MATCH & MIX
Bracelet: Stella&Dot Chantilly Lace Cuff
Earrings: Shourouk DS Montana
Dress: Alice+Olivia Jayna Dress
Shoes: Marc Jacobs
Coat: Silk Merzky Coat
Earrings: Roberta Chiarella Emerald Teardrop Clips
Bracelet: Akkad Pave Crystal