Fall in love with fashion’s most feminine fabric – lace.


Cast off images of fusty filigree necklines and vampish 80s Gothica – this season’s lace redux is a much breezier affair.

Louis Vuitton’s girlish guipure and Prada’s broderie anglaise made for a modern ingenue; while Simone Rocha’s trapped lace skirts co-opted Victoriana into street fashion.

The new mantra?

Do daywear.

This lace deserves to be seen.

Style Notes

* Chasten the fabric’s femininity with masculine accents or sharp tailoring.

* Pair with contrasting textures like cashmere or leather for visual interest.

* Layer a lace top with a neon underpinning for instant trend appeal.

* A broderie anglaise skirt, heels and simple tee make for cute cocktail wear. Add a peplum for extra style snaps.


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