By  on March 8, 2005

NEW YORK — It’s a touch of Victorian with a dash of sport chic.

Gianfranco Ferré’s Black Label line for spring features a lace from Italian mill Omniapiega that is certainly not your grandmother’s dentelle. Made of neoprene — a favorite among water-sport enthusiasts for years — the lace was constructed using an ultrasound piercing process that’s similar to laser cutting yet finer in its detail. The designer worked with the mill, initially providing Omniapiega with the concept.

“I wanted to evoke an overall sense of poetry and timeless femininity through a material that’s very much today,” Ferré said. “It’s extra supple, elastic and comfortable while rich in romantic flair and sport attitude.”

The fabric is set to hit stores come April in an Empire-style white blouse as well as a minidress and a halter top, both in black. For fall, it’s combined with silk chiffon on white and black blouses for White Label, the company’s runway diffusion line.

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