Friday, February 10, 2012

Trend Watch - Lovely Lace

Lace as been a favorite fabric choice of brides for generations. Though other materials have been more en vogue in recent years, 2012 is seeing a return to this wedding gown classic. 

new claire pettibone wedding dresses fall 2012
Claire Pettibone

Currently, lace sleeves are very popular among designers, a look made popular by the elegant wedding gown worn by Kate Middleton last spring at her wedding to Prince William. 

Illusion necklines and overlays are another beautiful way to incorporate lace.

Jim Hjelm

While the popularity of lace is universal this season, the gown silhouettes are incredibly diverse. A-lines and mermaids have been particularly prominent among designers. 

ChristosSt. PucchiVera Wang

Anna Maier Ulla-Maija

Lace can also be used to create a lovely tiered look. When used with a sheath silhouette, the tiered look is clean and elegant. When paired with a ballgown, the mood is soft and romantic. 

Maggie Sottero, Aiden

If drama is what you're looking for, opting for something like this fitted bodice and billowing skirt will ensure that you leave a lasting impression on your wedding day. This gown is fashion forward while still maintaining and aura of classic elegance. 
Large View of the Aiden Bridal Gown

Lazaro Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses Style LZ3201 by JLM Couture, Inc.

And finally, vintage styling is another popular choice for lace. The shorter hemline and tea-stained color of this vintage inspired dress are a fantastic way for a bride to express her individuality. The look is perfect for an afternoon wedding.

Tracy Reese

 Are you planning to wear lace? Have a favorite lace gown that  you've seen? Leave a comment and drop a link - share your beautiful finds!


  1. Beautiful dresses but my favorite is the Claire Pettibone.

  2. @Tisha- I think that and the Jim Hjelm are my favorites... I just love the lace sleeves and illusion necklines. They have such a romantic vintage feel!

  3. It's so funny, I totally planned to wear a lace wedding dress, but I ended up getting one that didn't have ANY. Maybe it we do an elaborate vow renewal someday I'll get one. That Claire Pettibone one is exactly what I was originally looking for.

  4. Beautiful lacey finds! I don't have any link to share, but I enjoyed looking at these beauties you found. =)
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  5. @Paige - I didn't have even a touch of lace on my gown either... and the truth is I really like it. When I got married in 2003, lace was not very popular, but rouched, asymmetrical waistlines were - so that's what I went with. I really loved my gown, but were I to do it over again... vintage looking lace - all the way :)

  6. Have always liked lace - must be in the genes, because my grandfather (whom I never actually knew) was a lace importer working in the City of London at the beginning of the last century. He had contacts in all the lace-making countries (and my uncle, who took over the business) used to keep all the postage stamps involved in his transactions - and share them out between a cousin and myself. Cousin has a particularly strong Swiss stamp collection: I got a lot of stamps from other places, plus not as many Swiss ones! Still like the lace that provided them better though!

  7. @Isobel - What a great story and a great history! I can't even imagine the skill involved in producing handmade lace. I know much of the lace made today is produced on machines, but the intricacy and beauty of vintage and handmade lace is pretty much unparalleled. Thank you for sharing!


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