Bride Chic: 2010 Wedding Dresses Lace Update

By Azure Nelson, Published Feb 26, 2010

About Bride Chic Here it is 2010 and designers continue to create new and magnificent looks with lace. Alencon and Chantilly are the most traditional and some designers like Christos and Priscilla of Boston have kept the classic thing going. On the other side of the coin, designers are using these same laces in inovative ways adding in all the new knits, cottons and crocheted laces resurfacing. Some laces we're seeing are no more than an applied touch on a hem or cuff. Sporting an allover lace wedding dress from neck to hem is 'in' as well. Like fabric has a weave, lace has different patterns. Here are a few of the most common: Alencon- Monique Lhullier has put her signature on this type lace the past few years, as the Monique image above shows us. Easy to recognize, Alencon has cording around the motifs creating a kind of three dimensional quality. Numero uno as a traditional bridal favorite, Alencon can be used as an allover lace or clipped apart and used as trim on hemlines, necks, veils, or pieced together to create larger motifs. Originally called point d'Alençon, this needle lace originated in Alençon, France. Chantilly- Photos 2 and 3: Originally a handmade bobbin lace named after a village in France. Floral or foliage designs on a net background. Generally has a scalloped edge. Considered the most romantic of all laces. Cluny- Made from heavy cotton-like yarns that look hand crocheted. Also known as Irish lace. Trendy in the Mod 1960s for mini wedding dresses and in the 1970s for granny gowns. The Colette Dinnigan number in photo 4 is an up-to-the-minute knit. Eyelet- is actually a woven cotton with eyelet cutouts and embroidery as in photo 5. Peau d'Ange- Translated from French meaning Angel's hair, it is a delicate version of Chantilly lace made with a flossier yarn that casts a sheen. Schiffli or Embroidered Lace- Embroidered design on a mesh or organza background. Typically has a scalloped border. The Monique Lhuillier dress in photo 7 is a perfect example of the updated version of Embroidered lace. Very big trend now. Venise Lace- Yes, you can still find that 1970s-80s western look. Venise is a heavy lace with raised designs that designers like Jessica McClintock and Martin McCrea went chic with. Usually a single motif with an open background and often used as applique. Helpful Links: Designer Wedding Dresses

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