Lace Embroidered Gowns Trend
I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.
—Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939
Without lace there would be no couture, without lace sheer may not exist, without lace our next Spring 2012 trend would not exist. Lace embroidered gowns. I’d like to think that Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Rihanna, Annie Leibovitz, and Vogue had something to do with this trend as seen on the April 2012 cover of American Vogue. Rihanna worked her curves and her love of fashion on that cover and it really came through.
Though Rihanna is not a model in the stereotypical sense, her curvacious form led the way in full-on lust warfare! Her sheer lace embroidered Chanel gown started a riot for dresses ofa similar nature as seen by Jean Paul Gaultier, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Erdem, Julien Macdonald, Badgley Mischka, Temperley London, and many others. The Chanel Haute Couture show from Fall 2011 was a leap in fabulous embroidery and certainly helped to contribute to this trend. The 500 hour dresses and jackets that were produced for the show that sell for upwards of $100,000 were captivating and inspiring for fashion enthusiasts.
In Haute couture, the embroidery and lace placement is all done by hand hence the time and price-tag. In the realm of Ready-to-wear lace embroidery pieces are made by machines. The price-tag is significantly less, but the craftsmanship is not as refined.
Wearing lace shows off any curves the wearer has so regardless of if the wearer has a plus sized, petite, or otherwise body she must also have a smooth body. You don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel but you should have a good body fat percentage as you don’t want the inconsistent tensions of lace and embroidery to cause… “rolling.” This is probably the only point to be aware or other than the occasion to which you are wearing it. If there is one thing that is dressier than silks and satin’s, it is embroidery and lace. A red carpet, a wedding, and other top notch events are one of the only places a full evening gown in lace is acceptable attire.
Finally, it is important that pieces made of lace and embroidery are well kept and not folded or scrunched. Dry cleaning and pressing should be kept to a minimum instead, invest in a high quality garment steamer and steam the garments as needed. Note: Not all materials can be steamed so use caution.