to shop / lace, liberty, and eyelet

Everyone close to me knows that I looooove lace and eyelet. And prints by Orla Kiely, Marimekko, or Liberty of London. Some current faves:

(Clockwise from the top left. Photo credit: Saks.com, Urbanoutfitters.com, Aritzia.com, and Madewell.com.)

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Edith Eyelet Top from the Spring 2011 collection. I had my eyes on this top for a long time and it took Saks long enough to add it to the markdowns. I strategically redeemed some American Express Membership Reward points in advance of the sale and snagged the last one, which happened to be in my size. (Tip: You can return gift cards and get your reward points rebanked. You can’t beat Amex service!) The eyelet is intricate and the construction is impeccable. I got a few eyelet tops made in Shanghai in 2007 and this is one of those items where you really need source the eyelet from the right place. The dress version is also gorgeous.

2. Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars Eyelet Blouse. Their product styling needs major help. I rarely scour Urban Outfitter and came across this top when I was going through their boutique, where it’s styled much more attractively. I love the neckline! I haven’t seen it in person yet, but the reviews are favorable. Not on sale yet.

3. Sessun Riverside Dress. Sessun is a great French label that can be lumped with A.P.C, Comptoir des Cotonniers, etc. Buried in the details is the Liberty fabric. I adore Liberty prints and fabrics, which have been made popular in recent years by J.Crew, Cacharel, and the Target collab. The prints are so cheerful. This dress is currently 50% off.

4. Le Fou by Wilfred Couer Battenburg lace blouse. Wilfred is one of Aritzia’s higher end house lines. Aritzia has been in the US for a few years now, but only recently entered the NYC market in the form of a huge flagship store in Soho. Most of their lower end items don’t appeal to me at all and remind me of Wet Seal. Their higher end line quality is pretty nice, especially with compared with some other fast fashion labels’ quality/prices. The battenburg lace is fully lined in silk and sourced from Japan. The top and the dress is currently on sale in stores. Both styles run big. Does all the battenburg lace remind anyone of the Spring 2010 3.1 Philip Lim collection?

{Sidenote: For anyone who is collecting Coralie Bickford-Smith designed F. Scott Fitzgerald books, Aritzia had a few of The Beautiful and Damned and This Side of Paradise on their tables. Not sure if it’s pure decoration or also for sale (like Anthropologie). Canadian/UK release dates are ahead of ours and Aritzia is a Vancouver-based chain.}

5. Madewell Kite Tails Tee. Don’t be surprised – I just gravitate towards lace, especially in shades of blush. The style of lace is similar to the battenburg. It is affordably priced and the weight of the lace is heavy duty, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality of “lace”.

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