The Case for Lace
Kate Middleton’s gown spurs a royal comeback of the delicate fabric.
The frenzy to release copycat versions of Kate Middleton’s lace wedding dress began the moment she stepped out of a limousine to marry Prince William last May at Westminster Abbey.
But the most literal translations of the Sarah Burton gown are only part of the story.
The lacy trend is also finding its way into wedding attire via lace-trimmed trains, delicate lace appliqués on skirts, lace gloves and lace-accented veils. The most notable reflection of this trend is the resurgence of lace sleeves, says Shayna Goldman of The Collection bridal boutique in Winter Park. “We’ve seen a lot more interest in sleeves,” she says, adding that brides not only want long, lacy sleeves in gowns but in bolero-style jackets as well. A jacket offers the same lace-sleeve effect, while giving the bride the option to remove it and reveal a bare-shouldered gown beneath.
For all-over lace styles, Goldman says that designer Monique Lhuillier’s frothy creations are the most popular.“That’s our go-to for lace,” she says, adding that other designers, including Oscar de la Renta, have introduced lacy designs for 2012 brides as well. David’s Bridal even launched a Royal Wedding Collection that includes Kate Middleton-inspired gowns with lace details and a tiara, as well as Pippa-inspired bridesmaid gowns.
If you’ve got a bit of royal fever or plan to have a fairytale-style wedding, be sure to consider lace as part of your gown. Its feminine delicacy and romantic styling can add a regal touch to any bride’s ensemble.