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Lace isn’t a material that necessarily makes me think of one season more than another, in fact it works quite well year round.  It’s all about how it’s conceived, like at Tom Ford where it takes on a moody, vampy vibe in black (mostly) with deep purples and rich greens playing against it.  The design duo behind Valentino thought of lace differently, giving us looks as soft and feminine as ever since taking over for The Last Emperor himself.  Lace is a tricky element to pull off, because it can look cheap and vulgar quite quickly.  Keep it simple, and keep it classy with no leather minis combined with a sheer lace top…PLEASE!!  Your bra can only show if it’s the one Mr. Ford designed as part of the looks he created for fall (see below).  Here are my favorite lace looks among many.

Bottega Veneta fall 2011

The beautiful Carmen Kass wears a lovely lace overlay dress.  The bow at the waist and delicate jewelry keeps the black lace over lemon yellow dress soft.

Jason Wu fall 2011

Jason Wu fall 2011

I loved the jewel tones Wu paired with a little black lace overlay (above), and sleeveless blouse (top).

Jason Wu fall 2011

Black lace over a nude tone is quite chic with a full skirt.

Jason Wu fall 2011

Feathers and lace make great companions here…the lace headpiece is optional.

Jason Wu fall 2011

Such a chic evening gown!  Kate Winslet on the red carpet?

Jason Wu fall 2011

A simple sweater gets just a little bit of detail with some lace down the arm.

Lanvin fall 2011

Lanvin fall 2011

Lace isn’t something I’m used to seeing Alber Elbaz use at Lanvin, but he uses it well, of course!

Tom Ford fall 2011

A ribbon at the waist and an accentuated hip definitely plays with proportion, and may not work for everyone.  Actress Emma Stone wore a similar black version of this dress on a recent red carpet.

Tom Ford fall 2011

Tom Ford fall 2011

Emerald green, a big color for fall among other jewel tones, becomes the color of choice to underlay two looks at Tom Ford.

Tom Ford fall 2011

I perhaps should have included this embroidered dress in my post about sheer looks, because it has an appearance of a sheer over nude fabric.  Sometimes when I think of lace, I think of embroidery because they are sometimes combined, as seen below.

Tom Ford fall 2011

Many of Tom Ford’s looks are quite revealing, but not to the point of vulgarity.  It’s all about the undergarments here to keep things in check.

Tom Ford fall 2011

A beaded lace dress with full coverage can still be sexy, especially when worn by model Joan Smalls to the Met Gala this past May.

Tom Ford fall 2011

A different version of full-coverage, and a perfect dress if you’re feeling like a vamp.

Tom Ford fall 2011

I adore this metallic lace dress and want to style someone in it so badly!  Charlize Theron perhaps?

Valentino fall 2011

A sheer lace bodice and pleated skirt make wonderful dress friends.

Valentino fall 2011

A color effect over lace at Valentino could work in the spring as much as the fall.  Layer over a great outerwear piece with this and maybe even swap out boots for an edgier look.

Valentino fall 2011

This shirt dress gets some special detailing with a lacey cutout pattern with sheer sleeves.

Valentino fall 2011

Pale coral and aqua are perhaps surprising colors for fall, but still lovely to see.  This dress would be so great on someone like Kirsten Dunst.

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