I really wanted an excuse to run this picture of Michelle's coat fabric up close. But it does give rise to a question. Why, on a freezing cold day, would "Swiss wool lace" be a rational outerwear option (even when this particular lace fabric has been backed by silk net and lined with even more silk, a natural insulator)? The nature of lace: it has holes. Holes=more cold, no?
Actually, no. Consider the traditional granny shawl--crocheted of wool, full of empty spaces. Yet the style has endured for ages. It's because all these empty spaces in fact act as pockets, trapping air. This air gets warmed from within, by the body, and, on a brilliant sunny day like we saw in Washington yesterday, from without as well. Paradoxically, this particular type of holey fabric is cozy warm. As our grannies of course knew.