My cousins and I still gaze in awe at the picture of my Nanna on her wedding day. Her long lace veil trails neatly around her feet and falls perfectly around her face. She is beautiful. Her style is still admired by her granddaughters because nothing exudes elegance and femineity quite like lace. Lace has a timeless quality that gives it an enduring appeal. Lace isn't just for the traditional bride, these days brides are leaning towards this delicate fabric for a softer look on their wedding day.
"Thanks to recent celebrity brides like Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian, lace has made a huge comeback for 2012," says Roslyn, owner of bridal boutique Heavenly Collections.
"Long the choice of more traditional brides, lace has been reworked and given a new edge from appliqués to bodice details, as an overlay or as the underlay itself covered with a layer of tulle or chiffon. Featuring strongly in major international collections in gowns that are both delicate and edgy, vintage and modern, with coloured underlays or the lace itself in pastels or even in black, particularly as ornate detail."
Lace varies so you can choose a lace that suits your look. "Most popular laces for bridal gowns are Alencon, (the most expensive) Chantilly, (the least expensive) Schiffli and, for appliqués and motifs, Guipure. Most laces look best in ivory, cream or pastel. All over white lace gowns, unless the lace is exquisite and rich, can look a little chintzy," says Roslyn.
"Lace is suitable for daytime or evening weddings, particularly for church weddings with a luscious lace train but also beautiful for garden weddings. And it is so classic, that in 20 years when brides look back at the wedding photos, the look will still be current and beautiful."
Roslyn has this advice for brides, "Any bride can wear lace, it's just a question of the type of lace and the style of the gown. It really is a delicate, feminine fabric that, in its beautiful simplicity or re-embroidered and beaded, can take the breath away. And isn't that what all brides want? A gasp of appreciation from the groom and guests?"
Thank you to Roslyn for your insight. If you're interested in any of the gorgeous lace dresses pictured here visit Heavenly Collections.
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