Donning lace for the holidays is equal parts sophisticated, youthful, and sensual. No longer a matronly, drab fabric for your grandmother’s dining table, lace delights this season, with designers from New York to Paris rediscovering and reinterpreting the complex fabric. From a sleeveless peplum cocktail dress to a colorful box clutch or a delicate stiletto, lace can be seductive, reveling in the art of mystery.
Tracy Doyon, area manager of Intermix, reflecting on the timelessness of lace, says, “Lace has a transformative appeal. It can go day to night—ideal for the DC customer, as she is always on the move. It can be delicate or edgy, and lace in unique fabrications, updated silhouettes, and of-the-moment colors truly allows the professional modern woman to showcase her fashion [sense] season after season.” Lace can act as the main attraction or simply as a whimsical detail, delicately placed on garments to create a mood for an ensemble; it can substitute for a print, weaving its very own magic across an otherwise solid dress; or it can combine with color for a bold statement, as Jason Wu demonstrated in his Fall 2011 collection. Tees, gowns, masks—Wu’s collection was buoyed by an air of refined mystery. Take a cue from this first lady favorite and add an intriguing element to your holiday look.