Friday, February 3, 2012

                                      Loving Lace...

After watching the SAG Awards this past weekend, I was inspired by the return of the LACE trend.  Michelle Williams looked amazing in a red lace Valentino gown, and Emma Stone dazzled in a black lace bodiced Alexander McQueen gown with a matching black lace McQueen clutch.  Seeing these gorgeous dressed in lace looks has inspired me to further explore the current looks in lace fashion and design.

Michelle Williams in Valentino

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Clutch

Lace is showing up everywhere for spring 2012...particularly in bright colors.  The Spring 2012 Runway collections are filled with lace, lace, lace.  The January 2012 issue of Glamour covered the lace trend with a two page spread...bright dresses, blouses, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.  Gone are the days of lace being limited to clothing!
Miu Miu Spring 2012

Kate Hudson Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

Sass & Bide Top (Net-a-Porter $840)
Lace in CLOTHES...

Anthropologie Blouse ($98)

Modcloth Dress (available soon)
H&M Dress ($30)
Forever 21 Top ($16)

Isabel Marant Tank (Net-a-Porter $340)

Lace in SHOES and HANDBAGS...
Valentino Lace Ruffle Bag (Nordstrom)
Bebe Helena Pump ($139)
Alexander McQueen (Neiman Marcus)

Bebe Chantal Pump ($99)

Lace in JEWELRY...
Argento Lace Earrings ( $68)
Oscar de la Renta Lace Necklace (Neiman Marcus $445)

LK Designs Lace Cuff ( $290)

Which leads me to lace in DESIGN...
As an architectural designer, I tend to connect my love of fashion with my love of design.  In this case, the lace trend has been inspiring my ideas of lace in home decor --->  which I am terming "Metal Lace".
     "Metal Lace": A metal material which is laser cut or perforated into a lace pattern.  Although much of the Spring 2012 lace trend revolves around bright colors, black and white lace will always be classic.  When it comes to the lace look in home decor, my vision is primarily in black and white.  It should be noted that several of the furniture images shown below are available in additional colors.
Lace in FURNITURE...
"Granny" lace shelf (Beerd van Stokkum)

Steel cutout table (Bau Design Collection by Ital Design Furniture)

"Rose" chair (Gianluigi Landoni for Vibieffe).  Available in varnished or gold leaf versions.  Matching armchair, side tables, coffee table, and lamp are available.

"Hive" coffee table (Arktura).  Matching side tables available.

"Wave" table (Angelo Tomaiuolo)

Black high gloss wood chair  (Brocade Home)  Also available in white.
Entertainment console w/ laced doors (

Lace table/stand  (Romance 03 Solo Collection at  The Romance Solo and Doppio Collections also include additional table styles and various lighting styles.  Available in a variety of colors.
"Ricami" side table/stool  (Arktura/Elena Manferdini)  Also available in black.

Dining room set (Royal Kahala Collection for Lexington Home)

"Lily" lace chair (BBB Emmebonacina)

 "Black Lace Collection" Outdoor furniture (Seasonal Living)
Coral screen panel (Arktura)

Lace in LIVING ROOM DESIGN...                                                                                                     

"The Lace Fence" metal fabric wall  (Demakersvan for Droog)
"Concrete Lace" room divider (Doreen Westphal)...a contradiction in terms

Lace tile wall and ceiling (PAL Design Consultants-Hong Kong)

"The Ethereal Rug" by Esti Barnes

Lace in LIGHTING...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Lace pendant light (Bernabei Freeman).  Also available in white or champagne.
Lace lamp as part of the JC Passion Collection (Ital Design Furniture)...and I am loving the couch!!!

"Raffaello" floor lamp (Rodolfo Bianchi for Fiorentino).  Available in several colors.

Lace in BEDROOMS...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Lace print bedding (
Lace wall art & storage tower (Brocade Home). Wood construction.  Wall art also available in silver.

Lace wall art as headboard (
Lace fleur wall art (Brocade Home).  Wood construction.

 Bedroom Set (Tessile Allegro Collection/ Maggioni Bed by Ital Design Furniture)

Lace lamp as part of the JC Passion Collection (Ital Design Furniture)

Where fashion meets architecture in lace can be found in the residence of one of my favorite fashion designers...Roberto Cavalli.  Designed by architect Italo Rota, this Florentine house boasts a facade of metal lace.  The steel skin is laser engraved to resemble hung fabric.  The laser-worked, electronically operated, panels give a color changing effect due to the play of light.  The degree to which the panels are closed or opened further contributes to the mosaic effect of light.

Roberto Cavalli residence in Florence, Italy


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