Get lovely in lace

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Erdem, Spring 2012

Lace is easy to wear this season, but steer clear of going down the bride path with the fabric.

We’ve had racy cut-outs, exposed zips and giant flowers, but now it’s time for a new kind of clothing decoration.

The Spring/Summer 12 runways were festooned with pretty lace and fabrics which look like doilies. Some say it is due to the impact Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge has had on fashion – the wedding dress she wore when she married Prince William last year was decorated with lace, and saw sales of the fabric soar.

Whether that is the case or not, the fabric is set to be one of the biggest fashion hits this season.

In Paris, Louis Vuitton sent models down the runways in white outfits made entirely from the material. Knee length dresses and dainty shirts were paired with chiffon over coats, giving a whimsical feel to the proceedings.

Lace also came in pale yellow and pink, for those wanting to steer clear of the bride vibe. Again the pieces were modestly cut – shirts with short sleeves and long-length pencil skirts. This is a pretty look and the impact is ruined if too much skin is exposed.

Erdem also opted for the fabric, using lace featuring bigger flowers. A particular hit was a summer dress which was cut tight to the body, had sleeves that hit at the elbow and allowed just the merest hint of skin to shine through.

To try this look at home, bear in mind you don’t have to go for pastel shades. Outlet stores have some great cobalt lace pieces around at the moment – try teaming a lace yellow skirt with a high-octane blue vest for an instant wow factor.