Very few fashion trends have stood the test of time quite like lace. First used in the 16th century as part of the clergy’s vestments in religious ceremonies, it wasn’t long before lace came into widespread use, both in fashion and home décor. And while it remains a classic choice, fashion houses keep finding new ways to reinvent the romantic fabric into contemporary pieces that feel fresher than ever.
For spring/summer and fall 2019, lace appeared in pale hues – looking ethereal and innocent, yet still sexy – through Sakai’s and Burberry’s designs. Others, like Marco de Vincenzo, Erdem and Christopher Kane, adopted a Victorian, gothic approach by way of edgy, more masculine silhouettes. Similarly, John Galliano used lace in his prairie pieces, with bold touches of punk never far away. By mixing lace layers with chiffons and patterned panels, designers have been taking the traditional fabric’s flowery, virginal nature and turned it on its head, reclaiming it as part of empowered, directional womenswear collections. Elsewhere Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s have been extending the repertoire by using punches of lacy neon to give the party dress an avant-garde revamp.
Follow the lead of stars such as Emilia Clarke, Emma Watson and Cara Delevingne, who wear this oh-so-versatile look at any given chance. With so many different approaches to choose from, Port’s got you covered with our selection of top lace-fueled outfits.