Everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Lee Lee’s Valise decided to use lace in their line this season. Some speculate this lace obsession stems from Kate Middleton’s McQueen Lace Wedding Dress. Whatever the reason, we are seeing lace dresses all over the runways, the red carpet, and right into Spring. I wonder if the First Lady will be wearing lace for the upcoming Inaugural Ball?
I always try to take what is happening in the fashion world and translate into plus to be on trend and fashion forward. I decided to create a lace dress with the right amount of Hollywood glamour showing the right amount of skin and then named it after Stacy London. Stacy was the executive producer of my reality show TLC’s “Big Brooklyn Style” as well as a good friend. She was in my store the second day it was open and has always supported the store and plus fashion in general. Normally I name all of my dresses after family members so it fits right in when I named my lace dress “The Stacy in London Glitter.” I feel like she is part of the family.
As a designer, I found that it is not easy making a well-fitting SEXY lace dress. When the lining in the neckline was too high I looked like a Grandma. When it was too low I looked like I was interviewing for positions in the red light district! It took six samples and hours upon hours of fittings before I got it right. It was ready just in time to wear it to Stacy’s Book Launch Party for “The Truth About Style.” No one in the world had seen this dress. Not even my daughter! I was taking on this dress solo and taking no prisoners. You may think it’s a kamikaze mission to wear a brand new design which I received no feedback on to a fashion guru’s book launch party; but ehh… I’ve got balls. I’m from Brooklyn! Besides, I knew this dress was hot! There was no need, nor the time to second guess myself…I hoped.
The reviews for the book were great and Stacy’s review of her namesake dress was equally as splendid! I pulled it off! My LBLD (little black lace dress) was a complete success! #Hallelujah! It better be so because when you name a dress after Stacy London you have to answer to Stacy London. If I didn’t get that dress right she would have challenged me to a cage match with no ref!
Some things to think about when shopping for a lace dress:
1. The Lace: Does it stretch, how does it feel? Does it feel luxurious? Is there a texture to the lace?
2. Fit: Is it too tight, or too boxy? Does it have a sleeve? If not, what are you wearing over it?
3. Accessories: Will your new crystal bracelet catch? Is it contemporary? The wrong jewelry can make it or break it.
4. Is the pattern of the lace too see through, too opaque or are you thinking tablecloth?
5. Length: Did you achieve the “Baby Bear” length? If it’s too short you look cheap. If its look long, it can age you and look dumpy/frumpy! My sweet spot length is just above my knee….Find Yours.