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LACE

Rita Liefhebber, FLARE's fashion editor, learns to embrace lace


HOW TO WEAR IT: LACE
Rita Liefhebber, FLARE’s fashion editor, learns to embrace lace

Rita Liefhebber


 
Rita Liefhebber

Photo by George Pimentel

I am not a lace kind of girl—EVER—so when the challenge to wear fall’s hottest material came my way, I shuddered but jumped in. My vision of lace was the bodysuits and leggings like Madonna wore in her Like a Virgin era, a far cry from Miuccia Prada’s interpretation for this season. While Miuccia has admitted her distaste for lace, she sent her models down the runway in head-to-toe guipure lace over flesh-coloured bodysuits—deliberately weird but, you know, it works. Typical Miuccia. I always feel slightly confused when I first see her collections but, on second glance, I gain more respect for the concept and the hidden background story she weaves throughout. No, Prada’s Fall ’08 collection was a far cry from Madge and her lace hair bow. See the Prada Collection

Simplicity of cut and contrasting elements are the keys to keeping lace modern. I love the idea of giving it a punk twist with leather leggings and chains, à la Givenchy, or keeping it chic by pairing it with a structured pant, like those at Yves Saint Laurent, and a strong piece of jewelry. It occurred to me how I have wronged lace all these years; it’s now a major player in my wardrobe. Well, at least for this season anyway.

SEE HOW TO WEAR IT!

SEE HOW TO WEAR IT!


 
SEE HOW TO WEAR IT!

Portrait photography, Anthea Simms; editor, Tammy Palmer.

 
Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection


 
Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Runway photography, Anthea Simms

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection


 
Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Runway photography, Anthea Simms

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection


 
Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Runway photography, Anthea Simms

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection


 
Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Runway photography, Anthea Simms

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection


 
Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

Prada Fall/Winter 2008 Collection

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Runway photography, Anthea Simms

Rita Liefhebber


 
Rita Liefhebber

Go for contrast: the softness of this dress marries perfectly with the structured menswear vest. Over-the-knee socks keep it looking fierce. ON RITA: Vest, Miss Rowe. Top, Rebecca Taylor. Corset bra, Phi. Skirt, Rodebjer. Earrings, H&M; brooch, Chanel; Bracelet, The Bay. For where-to-buy, see the shopping directory

Rita Liefhebber


 
Rita Liefhebber

I’m in love with fall’s tough-chic look. A military jacket and motorcycle boots rock these lace-panelled leggings. ON RITA: Jacket, French Connection. Dress, Pringle 1815. Legging, Phi. Necklace, Mira S; ring, Christian Dior Boutique; boots, Aqua Talia. For where-to-buy, see the shopping directory

SEE RITA’S CHIC OPTIONS FOR LACE!

 

Photography, George Pimentel; hair and makeup, David Goveia, www.artistgrouplimited.com; editor, Tammy Palmer.

Tank top, Line


 
Tank top, Line

Skirt, Prada


 
Skirt, Prada

A casual tank gets dressed up with urban lace. Tank top, Line A longer lace skirt pairs well with a fitted white tank. Skirt, Prada
 
Motorcycle boots


 
Motorcycle boots

Ring, Naomi


 
Ring, Naomi

Motorcycle boots add an urban edge to sophisticated lace. A statement-making ring pairs perfectly with lace. Ring, Naomi

 

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Product photography, Daniel Harrison; editor, Tammy Palmer.