Who doesn't love lace? It's the ultimate paradox fabric: demure but sexy, feminine but tough so there's something for everyone. I mean, its the only fabric I know of that has a patron saint (St. John Francis Regis). While lace-making--the process of creating a patterned fabric by either removing threads from an already woven piece or by looping threads to create a design--is actually a ancient craft, its use was popularized in the 15th and 16th century in the construction of vestments for catholic clergymen. And while we're no angles, we'll borrow from the beatitudes. and so will Miuccia prada. From what we hear, she had all of Switzerland working on the lace for the Fall 2008 collection. And we understand why--for that collection was a shining example of divine inspiration. Miuccia, who art in fashion, hallowed be thy name . . .
*Prada bronze lace jacket from the Fall 2008 collection. In a size 42. New with tags. Originally retailed for $2530 and priced at $850.
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(photo from runway show taken from style.com)