The Spring 2011 runways were alive with many new exciting trends for us to get excited about. From bountiful bright colors to mixed prints and a return to YSL’s 70′s heyday, there is something for every designer and consumer to pick from. The general mood for Spring is festive and has a carefree and hopeful spirit about it. So without further ado, The Sche Report begins its Spring trend breakdown with the #10 Spring Trend: Lace.
Lace was used in many different mediums and stylings. We saw 70′s bohemian lace from Andrew Gn, Ralph Lauren and Just Cavalli, tablecloth lace from Dolce and Gabbana, lingerie inspired lace from Nina Ricci and Zac Posen, and colored lace from Zac Posen and Christopher Kane. Lace was used in full looks as well as a detail within trims and embellishments. Some designers such as Christopher Kane designed fabrics such as leather and pleather to replicate lace through a laser technique. Accessories reinforced the trend using lace in special techniques such as laser cut-outs and appliques within shoes and handbags.
We saw three major classifications of lace on the runway: LINGERIE INSPIRED, COLORED and ANTIQUE/TABLECLOTH LACE.
LINGERIE INSPIRED LACE describes a dressy delicate lace that was seen with beaded embellishments and in combination with other fabrications such as sheer chiffon. The mood of this classification has a boudoir feel referencing Parisian burlesque and silhouettes from the 1920′s as well as the 1950′s. Chantilly lace and sheer lace panels were combined on several runways which defined exactly what we will be seeing for Spring 2011. Expect to see delicate bows and floral embellishments in combination with sheer lace ruffles and satin details. This classification is sexy and feminine and goes right along with 2011′s nod to Glamour.
ANTIQUE/TABLECLOTH LACE includes white and tea stained lace that channels a romantic feeling from the 1970′s. The mood is bohemian, western and romantic and the silhouettes include baby doll dresses, peasant tops, maxi dresses and frilly blouses. White tablecloth lace was shown in splendor at Dolce and Gabbana who channeled 1950′s images of vintage Italian women. The lace referenced here is larger and more exaggerated than the antique lace and incorporates crochet and white eyelet details into trims and patchwork layers. Stylings with this lace include feathers and fringe of the 70′s, cowboy boots, wooden wedges and Saint Tropez woven sandals. Variations of brown leather accessories are key when styling this trend.
The final classification is COLORED LACE with an emphasis on 1950′s silhouettes. Neon and bright candy colors are a big trend for the Spring runways, and lace is included in this trend. Expect to see colored lace suiting, dresses and feminine skirts mostly paired with Spring’s bouquet of floral fabrics and trims. When thinking about this classification, move past Madonna’s 1980′s and focus on a modern approach. Although Junior companies will be replicating this trend, the focus will be on more feminine versions of ladylike frill rather than pairing with graffiti prints and converse high tops. Think about Erdem’s romantic floral vision when investigating this option or reference Proenza’s modern interpretation of this trend. Proceed cautiously, colored lace is only for the bold and the statement makers of the bunch.
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