I have always been drawn to lace. As a girl I saw it as the pinnacle of femininity, used in frothy wedding gowns, elegant evening dresses and racy lingerie. As a designer I love the overt prettiness it can bring and the contrast of using something so pretty in a more contemporary context.
The roles I have been employed to work in as a designer have often involved me incorporating lace into my designs, and for my own brand it’s an element that I use so naturally it’s almost an assumption that it will be included in each collection.
Recently I did question this. Perhaps it was time for a lace free collection? Has lace had its moment and are we all in need of a break? There have been seasons recently where lace has featured heavily across the catwalk shows, and it felt like a very current thing to wear. I try not to be led too much by trends, but sometimes when something comes off the boil then perhaps it’s time to listen to what people do and don’t want.
Then, flicking through a fashion magazine, I saw an image of a girl in the most beautiful, delicate, frothy lace dress. It was styled with a very contemporary jacket, beaten up boots and bucketloads of attitude. It occurred to me that, as with anything in fashion, it’s about identity. Whether something is relevant or not is really dependent on the person wearing it – how she’s wearing it, when she’s wearing it, what she’s wearing with it and how she feels wearing it.
These days fashion does not dictate a ‘current look’ to the customer in the way that it used to. It offers many, many choices. Different brands and designers bring different perspectives each season. Key trends are highlighted by the press after each fashion week, but these are picking out recurring themes within a vast sea of variety. It is up to the consumer to choose the offering that suits them, and generally, if the signature style of a brand or designer is aligned with their identity, then hopefully it will continue to be so.
If lace is part of the Mya Rose identity and something we continue to use, I only see that as a positive. I would rather our offering was dictated by what we love and feel is right, than by following what other people may or may not be doing. For now, I think lace is here to stay – for how long? Who knows?!