Bridal Market Trend: Lace

Lace Reigns Supreme as the #1 Wedding Gown Fabric

Take a look at the lovely lace wedding gowns from April 2013’s Bridal Fashion Week.

In 2011, Kate Middleton’s Grace Kelly-inspired wedding gown, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, set off a lace trend that is still going strong today. Designers at April 2013’s Bridal Fashion Week used various laces – from fine Chantilly to bolder guipure – on everything from bodices and skirts to veils and shoes.

If you long to wear this traditional bridal fabric, you’ll find both vintage-inspired looks as well as fresh, modern designs from the collections shown this April. Anne Barge and Ines Di Santo both featured full ball gowns with lace accents and form-fitting bodices made from lace or appliqued with lace florals. Vera Wang’s fashion-forward collection included mix-and-matched laces, such as Chantilly and guipure on a V-neck sleeveless mermaid gown and futuristic-looking bubble lace t-shirts as an overlay.

In addition to ivory and white laces, some designers – such as Kelly Faetinini and Elizabeth Fillmore – used metallic laces, which added a beautiful shimmer and shine to their wedding gowns. Other embellished lace details include crystals, beading and fine feathers.

Wedding gowns weren’t the only items in lace. Designers accented tulle veils with lace, edging the hems with a range of fine and bold lace patterns. And Monique Lhuillier showed off her new bridal shoe collection, which included a number of styles in white lace.


-- Anne Chertoff

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