Rooney Mara did not disappoint in her black lace Givenchy gown from the designer's Spring 2012 couture collection at last night's 2012 Met Gala. And not only did she not disappoint, she made quite the sexy statement in her dramatic sheer lace skirt with killer thigh-high side slit. Black lace is something that every girl needs in her closet for many reasons. The first being Rooney Mara, but also because it's a classic that will remain relevant for years to come. And depending on the cut and fit, it can be super sexy, like Rooney's, or sophisticated. Inspired by Rooney, we've picked a handful of our favorite black lace dresses for you to shop now!
Damsel in Distress actress Analeigh Tipton attended a private dinner in NYC for designer Elie Saab in a red pantsuit by the designer, which she paired with a sheer black lace top. Analeigh has already solidified her fashion status with a handful of amazing looks, but this one takes the cake. The red pantsuit look has been done before, but we love how the actress injects even more bold excitement via sheer lace. Peep-toe Louboutins and Hoorsenbuhs for Forevermark diamond stud earrings complete Analeigh's bold-cum-sweet ensemble. Re-create this look for your next fabulous soiree and you'll no doubt stand out. For a less risque take on the outfit, wear a camisole underneath the lace top, or switch the lace for a solid black button-down.
Brooklyn Decker stepped onto the South Korean red carpet of her new flick Battleship in a black lace gown by Femme d'armes that is the perfect balance between sexy and fashiony. The thigh-high slit and exposed midriff make it risque, while the high neckline and long sleeves lend ladylike class. Black lace dresses have been a fashion staple forever, so we set out to find the perfectly unique versions for all your upcoming nighttime soirees. Step inside to see our picks and to get a closer look at Brooklyn's red-carpet stunner.
Reese looked ever the lady in her Jason Wu cream and black lace dress for the Water For Elephants premiere in New York City last night, pairing the full-skirted dress with sparkly Christian Louboutin heels. While the runway version was accessorized with a dramatic black-lace face veil, Reese understandably chose sophisticated pendant earrings. This isn't the first time Reese has chosen a Jason Wu dress hot off the runway; she also wore two gorgeous dresses — one that made our Covet List — from Spring '11. We gathered her Jason Wu looks, complete with the runway counterpoint, for your viewing. We're loving Reese's fashion pattern, are you?
Designer Alexander Wang released his first ever video campaign for his ready-to-wear Fall 2010 collection. Shot in a deserted New York City hotel and hair and newspapers flying everywhere, it's still hard to keep your eyes off the black lace and sheer fabrics that make his collection memorable.
Lace noir is back and it's sexier than ever. The vintage fabric that was once considered uptight and old-fashioned has now come back with svelte fervor. It will be huge for Fall but Gwyneth Paltrow already got the memo in this sexy lace dress by Stella McCartney. Breathe in some lace noir.
Sultry, sullen black lace is making a comeback. This dark and romantic style has been showing up everywhere this Fall, from runways to magazine covers to the latest red carpets. But if you think black lace is just for Goths and lingerie, think again: These trendy pieces are sweet and feminine with just a little bit of edge. On dresses, black lace can be very formal and flirty, but in a top or a heel paired with jeans, it can affect a very funky look. Here are some of my favorite finds.
Harkham Lace Trim Silk Georgette Dress, $310, available here.
Moschino Cheap & Chic Lace Sandal, $395, available here.
Fourtys Sheer Lace Top, $142, available here.
Fendi Embellished Lace B Bag, $5,190, available here.
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