Traditional, prim, and proper: these may be the associations you make when confronted with the notion of a lace wedding dress, but it's time to scrap your lace prejudice. There are a myriad of ways to take timeless lace to a new level for your big day. Here's how:
1. Choose Innovative Forms
For her Fall 2015 collection, bridal designer Delphine Manivet transformed the fabric into something totally fresh by using unconventional shapes and styles. "Lace is at the heart of my everyday work," Manivet explains. "By associating it [with] felt shorts and capeline hats, for instance, I made one of the most antique fabrics [feel current]."
2. Add Lace-Embellished Menswear Accents
If a lace gown is too twee for your taste, try a lace-embellished menswear-inspired look instead. Quilted trousers, crisp shorts, and wide-brim hats graced the runway at Manivet's show, while Houghton displayed a lace-lined motorcycle jacket, and Rivini debuted a transparent lace track suit amongst its classic ball gowns.
3. Create a Sultry Silhouette
According to acclaimed bridal designer Reem Acra, lace can be seductive despite its demure reputation. Think cutouts and see-through illusion necklines. "My most prominent influence for this collection was lace in a sensual way," notes the designer.
5. Use Re-Embroidered Lace
Acra's Fall 2015 collection was further infused with a modern spirit through the use of re-embroidered lace, which adorned streamlined skirts, cool crop tops, and statement-making ball gowns. By taking a traditional fabric and weaving it piece by piece into a modern gown, you can achieve a union of classicism and modernity.
Still think lace is too traditional for your style? Click here to see our favorite lace wedding dresses from the recent runways — we're sure you'll change your mind!