Designers are using lace to give some of their fashions a hint of naughtiness.
Think lace and you’re highly likely to think of either prim and proper Victoriana, sexy lingerie, charming older ladies or Madonna during the 80s. Such is the power of the delicate fabric that it’s connotations range from the saucy to the prim to the oh-so-pretty. Prada’s Fall 2008 collection featuring pieces made of beautiful and bold couture lace very much kickstarted fashion’s renewed obsession with the fabric. Designer Miuccia Prada embraced lace’s prim and proper associations, with an undertone of something darker and more sinister; big knickers peeking out from underneath sheer high-necked lace dresses and skirts. More recently, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton have both alluded to lace’s seductive boudoir side with lacy bralettes showing under velvet dresses and oversized blazers. Notice a recurring theme here? It’s all about a special type of peek-a-boo sexiness that says “look but don’t touch… just yet”. – From Weekly Herald