BLACK LACE

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Slim Paley photo

A treasured vintage gown, bought with great delight, many years ago at the Costume & Textiles Fair in Bath, England

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Slim Paley photo

 

Was it just me, or did you notice a dearth of black this year at the Academy Awards?!  Other than Madame Stone, who worked the black theme and then some, I’d have to say it was the least amount of noir I’ve ever seen at an awards show.

For me, Black still remains my Go To “Colour” when in doubt (which is more often than I care to admit)

and what girl isn’t a pushover for a beautiful touch of black lace?!

Herewith;

a sampling of lace, some traditional, some…not so much 🙂

 

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Audrey

 

 

Alexander McQueen, Fall 2010

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“Rosa Muerta” a one bedroom, 1,300 sq.ft.  residence completely open to the elements located in Joshua Tree, CA & designed by Robert Stone


Blumarine Fall 2011

Valentino

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Terence Koh “Black Light”

 

 

Bergdorf’s catalogue

 

Erin O’Connor rocks a Mantilla of sorts in Oyster magazine

 

Ming

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Maria Carla Boscono

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Slim Paley photo

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Dior

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2010

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Black Lace Outdoor Furniture by Seasonal Living

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Finally- a “tattoo” I’d wear! (For a night, anyway)

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Anastasia Radevich

Fab!

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The Mondrian

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What’s up? Itchy?? Another model sorry to be in the Lanvin Fall show2010

 

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Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana

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Cesare Paciotti

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Karen Elson

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little lace socks seen in Australian fashion show

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If your tastes run more to the garden than to the runway…

Canadian artist Cal Lane’s Lace shovels

 

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Dior Fall 2010

 

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Roberto Cavalli’s home

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Roberto Cavalli’s home

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Sally Hansen “Salon effects” lace nail polish strips

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Marchesa Spring/Summer 2011

This model could also stand to be a little happier about her gig

 

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Lost the credit for this fabulous laser cut black metal chandelier

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Lace lighting by Gilles Eichenbaum

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Helena Rubenstein Lash Queen

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Bottega Veneta

Plates available via The Conran Shop

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Valentino

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McQueen

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Ming

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Wallpaper available via Anthropologie


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Lady Rita

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Lady Gaga

Who Wore It Better??!

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Daria

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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Cesare Paciotti

Delicate heels are making a comeback Ladies- watch your Ebay decisions carefully 🙂

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50 Comments

  1. wow…what a great collection of images of all things lace and black lace no less. I am walking downstairs to show this amazing post to my very fashionable 16 year old daughter…

  2. Oh my God was said constantly while scrolling- but it’s a tie for me between McQueen
    and the male dancer ( mommy )
    what a fab post SP
    – I’ve been to the house in Joshua Tree
    love it there
    and it’s a great house
    thanks so much

    • That’s so cool that you’ve been to Rosa Muerta! Did you stay there? I wonder what it is like in the night, if it isn’t very cold, being open to the elements like that?

      • I was wondering what they did in a wind storm. And also thought about creepy crawlers being everywhere 🙂 I guess living in Florida, creepy crawly things are always on my mind.

  3. What black brilliance! I love the collection. Your dress is a stunning treasure indeed! I love the shovels as well. Anthropoligie, wallpaper, really?I always learn something from you!

  4. That vintage black lace gown is to die for! What do you wear under it? Beautiful post that went on and on with my favorite “black lace”. Thank you!

    • Thank you Deborah
      Usually a long beige or black silk slip, sometimes a black cami, narrow jeans and chunky jewelry for a completely different look.

  5. I liked the nail strips, not sure I’d actually wear them but they are clever. You really do provide such entertaining posts.
    Thanks!
    Karen

  6. Fantastic collection of the lace theme. Love Audrey; no one does it like her. But also loved the Ming ensemble with that wisp of a tail, and was glad to see gorgeous, elegant and wearable shoes from Bottega Veneta. The ones you loved from Anastasia belong in a museum or a show window – can’t imagine anyone actually standing on them. The effect is incredible though. And how about the shadows in Cavalli’s house; the perfect symetry between Rita and Fred, your gorgeous dress, and yes, the guy. Wow. Takes lace to greater heights. Thanks.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this black lace post! I too noticed very little black at the Oscars this year. No matter, you showed us all what we are missing/needing. A black fix! I almost always end up in black too. Everyone looks better in black in my opinion. I do think Rita wore it better than Gaga though.
    Love all the images, especially the Alexander McQueen photo and of course, your dress. It is simply amazing! ~Delores

  8. I have been waiting and hoping you would delight us with a blk. lace post. You sure came true in spades, Your vintage gown is ever so beautiful. Loved all the fashion shots. Thrilled to see truly beautiful shoes shown again. I would love every blk. lace shoe.
    Have to put this on one of my fav posts.
    Thanks Slim ox.

  9. wow, itch? beyond that to something near torture for that lanvin model. of course i wouldn’t have gone there if you hadn’t said ‘itchy’. love you always.

  10. You put so much effort into educating and inspiring readers Slim. Don’t you just love the shoes with designs on the bottom? I adore black lace and think it is timeless and classy (thats a word I haven’t used in awhile) and the most wonderful black lace mask that I featured in a birhtday post for Vicki Archer had me ga-ga for the mystery of black lace. I know it is only Wed. but have a happy weekend. I think I will move to Santa Barbara for the winter next year…………look out, I could be your neighbor! (not really, but it would be fun drinking wine and doing fashion cut-outs). Much love XO

  11. Another fabulous post! Something soo sexy about black lace! Not that Rita Hayworth wouldn’t look sexy any way, especially in Fred Astaire’s arms, but black lace does add.
    And how clever of Cesae Paciotti to do soles of his shoes in black lace design just when Louboutin red is getting to be a bit overdone. But this post brought up bitter sweet memories for me — of a Ceil Chapman ball gown I had end of 1940’s — layers and layers of pink silk organza with insets of fine French black lace and pink satin sash at the waist. The bitter sweet part is trying to remember I EVER HAD A WAIST!

    • What a shame there is no photo of that glorious-sounding dress. Have you ever seen anything even remotely like it? Are you a 40’s lady? Or was this something you found later. Personally, it’s my favorite era as a whole for fashion and for the women who wore dresses, suits and slacks with such elan. And designers keep going back to the decade for inspiration.

  12. Love your black frock and love your artfully arranged white towels in the background too- so soothing and calming.

    At the Valentino exhibition there was tonnes of black lace. It’s a classic.

    I thought Ms stone looked good ‘cept for the racoon-esque eyeliner x

  13. Love your vintage dress!

    Great to see lady-like shoes surfacing this spring. 🙂

    About the Lanvin model – looks like the same one that I said was actually a guy dressed up in women’s wear. Anyways, I was wrong.

    Beautiful post ~ perfect that the first photo is a photo of Audrey!

  14. One thing is for sure about the models whose nipples show through the lace: they never had CHILDREN. 🙂

    While I viewed your blog, the following conversation ensued with my 7-year-old daughter:

    April: What are you doing?

    Me: Looking at black lace.

    April: What’s that?

    Me: It’s on a blog.

    April: Whose it by?

    Me: Slim Paley

    April: (pause) Can I call her Peachy?

    So, as far as April’s concerned, you are known as Peachy Paley.

  15. Lovely as always Slim. Do the Anastasia Radevich shoes come with an orthopaedic surgeon appointment, because I’m fairly certain a broken ankle would be inevitable (at least for me).

  16. Funny, I wore black high neck lace today to work under a black pinstripe suit. I love your gown – so elegant – and also the Valentino bag and Anthropologie wallpaper. Thank you – shoes advice so noted!

  17. I hate to admit that black is my backup as well – how about Auntie Mame’s black lace jumpsuit – ahead of her time I think! And there should be a cocktail don’t you think – the Black Lace.

  18. LOVE all the shoes and the dresses! I actually like those nails and think I am going to make a visit to the drug store to test them out. The lace shovels are cute too!

  19. Fun post. Don’t forget Madonna at theVanity Fair party. I’m afraid she’s now officially a muttony lamb chop. Let the young have their fun, Madge. Time to move on. . .

  20. Slim, how do you do it? What an amazing post on lace and black, and I just love, love love your lace dress.

  21. Your collages are so beautiful and so perfect. I like to look at it every time. You’ve got a new follower! Greetings from Holland!

  22. I thought that Matthew McConnaughy’s other half looked one of the most elegant and spectacular in her black dress, though one does have to be rather tall with a fabulous body to pull it off!

    • I agree. No one has mentioned her; she was arrestingly beautiful and her dress was perfect for her. I thought Sharon Stone looked way too thin and strangely made up. As you age, I think makeup should soften and dresses should be gentler especially when they are black; Helen Mirren’s was more successful except for the sleeves around the shoulders. I suspect there was more black just not on the famous. Oh, Scarlett wore black under her lovely but too tight dress and it did not work. It made the dress look ordinary, verging on cheap.

  23. Sorry I have been so absent , love this posting. That vintage dress is to die for! With or without a body inside.

  24. Uncanny….Was debating whether to wear my 9 year old black-lace Pamela Dennis on a TV show in Rome tomorrow. Thanks Slim!

  25. loved it as usual.

    definitely Rita – elegant, classy and svelte. but, Audrey’s my fav.

    the shovels are wonderful – just not for gardening unless one wants to aerate the soil 🙂

    I do have to ask – what’s up with the nipples showing? I don’t think they’d wear those out even in NY or CA. What do you think?

  26. Good morning, SP!

    Today I woke up and saw your comment and that made me really happy… and laugh too! I would also prefer having a “Shoe House” instead of an “Auto House”. 🙂 So many crazy things in this world, I tell you! lol

    Have a fantastic weekend, SP. I hope you’re getting excited about Spring… I can’t wait to see your beautiful roses! 😉

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  27. What an amazing collection of pictures you’ve put together here.

    I’d love the black lace Dior boots but I have been rather overspending recently. I think I’d best look for a pair of lace ankle socks instead! Hope you’re having a great week xx

  28. I love black, but as I get older (just hit 40), I am going more to deep navy and dark brown as I look a bit ‘Morticia’ in black these days. My cousin is an actor, and has promised me that when he wins an Oscar (always good to dream), I can go as his guest, and I will wear the exact same shade of blue that Amy Adams wore this year (our coloring is very similar).

Would love to hear from you!