Back To Lace

By Gauri and Nainika

There’s nothing that combines the solemnity of the occasion and a dash of style quite like a pure white confection ensemble. Add to that a delicately woven lacy back, and the glamour quotient shoots through the roof. From Chantilly to delicate French and Venetian laces, sartorial emphasis on the beautiful front detailing of the white-wedding fantasy gown has role-reversed, with lacy backs literally stepping into the arclights. Interesting lacy ensembles are scoring a perfect 10, as those who’ve seen the resplendent creation which
Lara Dutta wore on her wedding will testify.

From a sheer organza mesh on the top of the gown’s bodice, crowned with lace and with enough space for embellishments, to a sheer-illusion weave on the back that flows into a lace with solid support for the bodice and skirt of the gown, backs are becoming canvases for an array of sartorial expressions. Journeying back from understated elegance to a love of pure drama, another interesting take is an open back in the form of a sheath made from an antique lace, or double-faced lace straps with jewelled straps that cross at the back. For the brides, we recommend a quiet surrender to the luxury of lace this wedding season.


The designer sister duo Gauri & Nainika Karan’s love for the classics and the romantic look of old Hollywood leading ladies is instantly recognizable in their work which is distinctly European, glamorous, luxurious, elegant and understated.

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