Lace & Lacy Fashions & Jewels

Put the concepts “ladylike” and “textured” together, two of the major themes for fall fashion this year, and it’s inevitable that lace will emerge from the mix. Indeed, lace has a strong presence in clothing this season and is also interpreted in jewelry rendered in delicately elaborate yet substantial designs.

The September 2010 issue of Glamour urges readers to “load up on girly details”:  “You’ll feel sweet in pastels, frilly bows and glam jewelry. Do all three or just one; you can’t go wrong.” The model wears a lacy sweater and gilded pants by Rochas with a frilly charm bracelet from Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel.

“Update Your Look with Lace and Tailoring” says the September 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which features an ornate pendant necklace from Jose and Maria Barrera.

Lucky magazine’s September 2010 issue notes that “Thanks to its highly textural look, lace on lace results in coolly elaborate patterns.” The magazine provides tips on how to wear layered lace: “Stick to a relatively limited palette for a quiet impact, and keep the shapes free of much adornment: You want its rich, ultra-ladylike mood to be the center of attention.” As examples of limited adornment, Lucky features a lace-patterned bangle by Lydell NYC and a Dolce & Gabbana dress with a pendant necklace worn over the dress’s illusion bodice, and styles the magazine’s model with a wristwatch by Emporio Armani.

Elsewhere in the issue, Lucky features a large antique lace cuff from Alkemie.

The September 2010 issue of InStyle features lacy earrings “spun in gold and sparkly with diamonds.” Marion Fasel writes: “With an updo and silk gown, the look is elegant; choose a halter top and dark jeans and it’s boho chic.” The earrings featured are by Penny Preville, Loree Rodkin, Pomellato and Cynthia Bach.

Finally, here’s a photograph of Mary-Kate Olsen from the September 2010 issue of Marie Claire, combining a number of key trends – lace and lacy including lace-up boots and lacy dress (from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci), multiple rings (from ElfCraft, Stephen Webster and KMO Jewel), a chunky bracelet (from On Aura Tout Vu), a furry jacket (by Cassin) and the color red.  Her filigree earrings that pick up the texture of the lace are from Badgley Mischka.

Illustration: Close-up of Mary-Kate Olsen in Badgley Mischka earrings pictured in Marie Claire

In jewelry as in fashion, lacy can be both intriguingly sexy and girlishly lovely.

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