Steven's defense for making this all black dress with the thin white trim was that the fabric of the wedding dress was polyester and really cheap. But there was definitely stuff one could have done. There was beading, the dress was fairly intricate -- and Steven took the most luxurious garment on the planet and turned it into the most somber.
On top of that, one of the biggest challenges that any designer has to face is really appreciating the material that you're working with. Regardless of what the lace was made out of, the possibility is that lace is a very versatile fabric. You can make a lot of different garments, whether its polyester lace or not. And no one's touching it.