Romantic lace

Fall/Winter 2010 is mesmerising the world with its use of lace coming to life in different styles and designs.

Iman Pasha August 21, 2010

Lace has always been associated with fashion all the way back to its discovery in the 5th century where Charles V decreed that lace should be taught in schools and convents of the Belgian Empire. Lace became a replacement for embroidery because of its ability to transform clothes to follow different styles of fashion.

Unlike embroidery, lace can be unsown from one material and resewn on another.

This decade crowns lace as the ultimate fabric that radiates glamour, drama and sex appeal.

Fall/Winter 2010 is mesmerising the world with its use of lace coming to life in different styles and designs. The fabric has been depicted as ruffled dresses, floor sweeping numbers, and even long lace strappy kameezes.

Both formal and casual outfits are embracing the gothic drama, taking women into a whole new realm of sensuality and femininity.

This fabric can easily, if well paired, transcend from day to night. Pairing a nude lace shift dress with a shawl can deliver the perfect day chic, whilst pairing a black lace maxi with a over sized clutch is the perfect look that says “she’s contemporary and mysterious: dangerous, yet fragile,” as Valentino’s current collection is depicting. Lace has the power to surpass any age and can be worn with ones’ personal taste.

So set yourself free of doubtful constraints and fall freely into this high drama, sophisticated trend for the ultimate avante-garde look.

Iman’s Do’s:

-Do invest in a classic piece with fine lace detailing

- Pair lace with a bouncing freshly blow-dried mane.

- Wear it like Bridget Bardot, with a thick eye liner and red lips

- Wear wide-legged trousers with lace blouses.

- Do pull out your chantilly lace saris and add a bit of drama with a heavily embellished blouse.

Iman’s Don’ts:

-Don’t wear lace in bright colours except red.

-Don’t expose your bra, find a decent camisole for underneath

- Don’t over accessorise, let the sexuality of the lace be your statement

Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2010.


Sameen M | 11 years ago | Reply It has. With Eid approaching can you possibly write about what we could wear? For example, if one is short? tall? what would look good.
Iman Pasha | 11 years ago | Reply Lace was taught as part of schooling in monasteries in Belguim and throughout schooling of the royal courts, where it got its origin from and can be found in any history of Lace. Pakistanis incorporate lace into a lot of their attire hence the rest of the 40% can also wear it. I have mentioned saris above as well which can clearly cater to a pakistani audience. fashion and trends originate from the western catwalks and then are transcended into Pakistani fashion and what we wear, Hence a mention of the western designers. A lace nude shift dress can be worn with leggings or a tang pajama as it essentially looks like a kameez without slits. Its about taking western trends and imagining them up your own personal taste and style limitations. Pakistan is a country torn between many classes and social obligations so i write for a general public. Hope this has been helpful
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