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BEHIND THE DRESS | MACY

Ivory and nude V-neck sleeveless lace mermaid gown with hand appliquéd Chantilly lace accents and guipure lace back.

Macy is a very soft, really sensual, feminine Luxe dress. It really highlights all the different ways I played with texture in this collection through a collage of so many gorgeous varieties of lace.

I used the mermaid silhouette as a way to combine the laces in an organic way. The body of the gown is made up of two types of laces: fern-patterned guipure lace on the back of the bodice, then pieced together with abstract corded rose lace the entire length of the front.

I placed the corded lace very precisely so that the curves of the exaggerated roses hit the body in all the right places—as a delicate modesty piece at the neckline, and then as a subtle waist-defining element. As that rose lace floats down the top layer of the skirt, suddenly there’s a rich explosion of Chantilly lace accents, all hand-appliquéd onto tulle on top of a nude under layer. It’s a very multidimensional way of collaging the lace. With all the different ways for light to pass through these layers of the skirt, you have such an incredible depth of color tones. And all from such a simple palette of nude and ivory.

This season many of my gowns feature a plunging V in the front and in the back. I really wanted to explore a new way of augmenting the shoulders, different from how a strapless gown would do it. I think having the lace-covered straps here is a wonderful way to accent the shoulders and back—the linear corded lace becomes a drawing against the skin.

Everything about Macy is so soft, from the construction, to the ethereal quality of the lace patterns—geometrically precise, yet still a totally romantic expression of lace.

 

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