Byline: Allegra Holch

NEW YORK — The art of lace and embroidery was celebrated with a cocktail party and runway show of French fashion last Tuesday evening at the Plaza Hotel here.
The evening was organized by the French Lace and Embroidery Federation with the Chambre Syndicale — the governing organization for French designer fashion — and Solstiss Inc. among the sponsors. The evening was a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation.
“This is a great way to support the artisans and the craft of lace making and embroidery,” said Jacques Mouclier, president of the Chambre Syndicale during the cocktail hour.
Guests witnessed firsthand the labor-intensive work that goes into lace making — specifically the ancient art of spindle lace — as Mylene Salvador, a lace maker and founder of the Conservatory of Lace of Bayeux, in the Normandy region of France, created an intricate floral-patterned spindle lace.
Asked about the popularity of lace in fashion at the moment, Mick Fouriscot, deputy general of the French Lace and Embroidery Federation, said, “Fashion is more feminine now, and lace is an important part of that.
We’ve seen a real evolution from handmade lace to Calais lace, which is the daughter of handmade lace.”
Calais lace, she pointed out, is made half by hand and half by machine. “Handmade lace is limited, whereas there are new fibers involved in modern lace, for instance, stretch lace.”
Francois Lesage, president of the renowned French embroiderer and an honoree at the Fashion Group International’s annual Night of Stars earlier this month, summed it up: “Without lace and embroidery, the fireworks of the collections wouldn’t exist.”