What do Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Dia Mirza, Kangna Ranaut, Sania Mirza and Bipasha Basu have in common? All these stylish stars know how to turn on the feminine charm by incorporating lace in their outfits.
The vintage fabric that was once restricted to our grandparents is now seen on everything from dresses and coats to leggings. Designer Nishka Lulla, a big fan of lace, says it gives a youthful and feminine touch.
“It keeps going in and out of fashion but gives a romantic feel to any outfit. Little shrugs or vests look really cute or the fabric can be added to the hem or empire line of a dress to make a world of a difference,” adds Nishka. Known for her creations edged with gold Chantilly lace as well as lace jackets and overcoats, designer Pria Kataria Puri loves experimenting with the fabric.
“Black lace with beading work is my favorite or even some resham colored thread works well. Swarovski crystals add a bit of glam. Lace will remain a classic choice that can be worn season after season,” says the designer, who feels the sheer feel of the fabric evokes elegance. It’s so lightweight and delicate that anyone can carry it off, especially when it comes to lace sarees which drape well on actresses like Katrina Kaif. For a more edgy look, black is very “in,” a reminder of Madonna in the 80s, but a look that she still carries off with elan. Lace stockings are a popular choice with Hollywood actresses Miley Cyrus and Megan Fox which designers attribute to the cold winter chill.
“These aren’t the best option for Mumbai but instead gold lace leggings worn as churidars and teamed with tunics give a great Indo-western look.” Lace is an eternal style choice, feels designer Lina Tipnis, whether used as highlights to an ensemble or in abundance.
“Lace on corsets or stockings give a subtly sexy touch. A combination of a well-engineered lace and nappa leather trench coat would be to die for; most unpredictable yet very hot,” adds Lina who prefers working with Chantilly lace. She also recommends a little black lace dress with a thin skin tone lining that gives the illusion of revealing flesh, while still concealing.