The Beauty of Lace: Inspiration

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Lace For Love and Lemons

The real good of a piece of lace, then, you will find, is that it should show, first, that the designer of it had a pretty fancy; next, that the maker of it had fine fingers; lastly, that the wearer of it has worthiness or dignity enough to obtain what is difficult to obtain, and common sense enough not to wear it on all occasions” ~ John Ruskin

When I think of dresses for events and the holiday season, I often turn to lace as a way of injecting a little fine elegance and beautiful mystery into the occasion.  It hasn’t always been this way, Blog Reader; following the release of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita black lace always seemed too black Spanish window and therefore rather depressing so my teens were mostly spent avoiding it.  On reflection perhaps I just did not have the courage to wear lace then – because after all lace is as much about the space between the threads as the threads themselves.

A multitude of different types of lace exist. Lace can be bold, classic or edgy, demure or sexy, formal or casual; it both revels and conceals.  I opted for a lace wedding dress this year because I love the romance of lace too.

I feel rather inspired by lace. Here I’m sharing with you some of my inspirations and favourite buys of the moment. From bottom up: dress from For Love & Lemons; yellow lace tulle sleeveless dress and embroidered cardigan, LOYD + FORD from Montaigne Market; my dress from Think Closet NYC; Katlun lace bodice dress and Opie lace fit and flare dress from Reiss. Collage: misc from Pinterest.

Are you as inspired by lace as I am?

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, Blog Reader! xx

My New Lover: Lover The Label Dress.

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Lover_TuulaVintageLover The Label are increasingly a favourite brand of mine.  I discovered them through one of my favourite blog reads, Tuula Vintage, who you can often see wearing their collection.  This Australian brand (Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage is also an Aussie) captivated me with their ‘White Magick’ collection and this beautiful lace mini dress that I bought from Forward by Elyse Walker is quite a lovely alternative to my little black dresses for cocktail hour or summer holiday dining by the sea.  The peachy colour of this Millie Dress always makes me smile and the length, although shorter than I might normally go, seems perfectly fitting for this little number.  I’d very much encourage you, Blog Reader, to check out Lover The Label.  They did an exclusive line for Net-A-Porter not long ago and you can currently purchase the Sphinx Dress, seem above on Jessica Stein, from the site.

To see more from Lover The Label click HERE for their website.  Thank you to William Williams for the images of me, above. I hope my English readers are having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

Jennifer Chun Fall Winter 2012

Jennifer Chun StyleOntheCouch Chun fall winter 2012 talioringI recently had the opportunity to try on some pieces from the 2012 fall winter collection by New York based designer Jennifer Chun.  Having interviewed Jennifer for Lookbooks last year I was familiar with her modern tomboy style; Chun’s designs are a wonderful kind of casual sophistication that is chic and never stuffy.

For fall 2012 Jennifer has designed a striking collection of winter coats, jackets (image above, the hunter plaid db car coat) and separates that work together well to create a myriad of different looks.  Fall 2012 is menswear inspired with a gorgeous lookbook to match.

Jennifer Chun Fall collection Jennifer Chun NY designer tailoring for women opening ceremony for rodarte skirt bcbg skirt mango fetish sandalWearing, above left: shirt by Chun, skirt Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Right; colourblock wool jersey Henley, Chun; skirt BCBG. Heels: Mango.

What I have always admired about Jennifer’s designs is the attention to detail.  The buttons, the collars, the hemlines – all are made with care.  Chun told me in our previous interview that her clothes are for those who want to be casual and understated without dressing down.   Fall 2012 neatly accomplishes this with its impeccable tailoring, leather accents and deep burgundy and green hues.

Below: plaid lace shift dress and silk crepe silk pant.

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Below: striped shirt and leather shift dress.

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You can buy Jennifer Chun from one of my favourite boutiques in Austin, Texas – By George and at Louis Boston (where you might bump into my good friend, blogger Mon Petit Chou Chou who is a regular visitor and also a fan of Jennifer Chun!)