Black lace first graced the runways this year when top designers debuted their 2011 fall collections. Though this trend wasn't given much attention until Olivia Wilde donned a Dolce & Gabanna floor-length black lace dress complete with sleeves and poofy shoulders to the Cowboys and Aliens premiere. Whether you loved or hated her choice, her bold style is undeniable. To mimick her look in a modern way, try a black lace dress with a shorter hemline. It spices up the dress and gives it a playful feel.
Jason Wu, of Michelle Obama's inaugural gown fame, was among the many top designers that featured lace in their 2011 fall collections. Used as a sheer fabric, lace highlighted evening and daywear looks.
Try a lace blouse with a pencil skirt to get Jason Wu's chic runway look. Nina Ricci also used black lace to cover her open-back dresses, adding a delicate touch to an otherwise revealing cut. While black lace has a romantic feel, try incorporating it in unexpected places for a playful look. Try a structured coat detailed with lace for a professional, yet feminine style or patent shoes with a hint of the runway-hot texture.
Adding the finishing touches to your look with makeup can be tricky. If you're going for a dark, smoky eye along with a tight, pulled back 'do a la Olivia Wilde, soften it up with nude lipgloss. For a romantic twist, try rosy makeup and loose curls or go retro with fire-red lipstick. Make sure to experiment in order to find out what look you want to channel.
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