The history of lace spans centuries in fashion. From the Elizabethan to the Victorian eras, and beyond, lace was a display of wealth and status. The delicate fabric was crafted painstakingly by hand from linen and silk, and in its more luxurious forms, gold and silver threads added precious shine.
Fast forward to the present day, and romantic lace is both an accent and the main attraction for Spring 2013. Intertwined braids were spotted in this climate juncture, as well as lace-inspired prints, engineered laser-cut details, and delicate burn-out patterns. Showing a hint of skin, we also spied eyelet lace with gentle touches of amorous charm.
Though much lace is now manufactured from cotton, synthetic fibers, and copper or silver wire, it still adds such an elegant touch. Below are a few visions of lace from designers’ Spring runways.
Lace On The Runway
High-impact lace overlays played well at Lela Rose.
Jill Stuart takes us to another time and another lace.
Oscar de la Renta’s sunny take on the trend.
Ports 1961 shows lace as an accent shell.
Laser-cut lace detailing is fine-tuned like a violin, from Behnaz Sarafpour.
Lastly, an Elizabethan doll from Valentino.
Shop The Trend
Additional Research by Natalie Starnes.
(Photo credits, from top: Lead image via JillStuart.com; 1. LelaRose.com, 2. JillStuart.com, 3. OscardelaRenta.com, 4. Ports1961.com, 5. BehnazSarafpour.com, 6. Valentino.com, 7. HM.com and US.Topshop.com)