From the Duchess of Cambridge to Holly-wood’s Emma Watson, lace is fast emerging as the fashion fave among the celeb brigade. Whether worn as part of a head-to-toe ensemble, or as separates, lace apparel is making heads turn all over the world.
“Lace is about beauty and femininity, and will remain a classic,” says fashion designer Anita Dongre, who often uses the fabric in her collections. “Lace works well in the spring and summer seasons, as it allows skin to breathe and works well with neutral colors.”
Designer Jatin Varma endorses the belief, when he says, “Because of its translucent nature, lace provides a design element without getting into embroidery or heavy work. Even though lace is ideally done in silk, it also comes in linen, which is ideal for summer.” Verma adds that it is the perfect fabric to highlight the effect of light during the day and shadow for the night.
There are several varieties of lace, handmade and machine-made, available around the world. Some of these include Needle lace, Cutwork lace, Crocheted lace and Bobbin lace.
Bollywood stars Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have been recently spotted in garments, showcasing the elegant fabric.
Lace is available in myriad colors, with the most preferred being gold, white, pale pink, nude and black. The advantage of this breezy fabric is that it can be used to make an eclectic mix of Indian, as well as Western wear.
“Lace is not restrictive. You can use it in dresses, shorts, on blazers, scarves, and even on sarees,” says designer Pria Kataria Puri. Adds Dongre, “It looks beautiful when used as an accent for sleeves or worn on the back, especially when worn over a bare skin.”