8 APRIL 2013 | STYLE

So fitting for Spring, Lace is a fabric that’s does both fashionability and femininity all at once. Designers know that better than anyone, that’s why we’ve all gone long on it for this season, updating previous lace silhouettes and items with a freshness that makes them particularly 2013. Key to working the trend for now are certain items and colours. Lace separates are particularly hot right now (and much easier to wear than a top to toe look,) minimal takes on the trend are the way to go for those who take their pretty without too much touch of the fuss, or lace dresses in strong colours give the full on look for those ready really take the plunge into what is arguably spring’s prettiest look.                        Here are three ways we’ll be working it.

1. Minimal Lace:

Think lace and you don’t have to think over the top. As seen at Ports 1961, loose shapes and simple lace details give enough of the look without submitting to the full on effect. Giambatista Vialli’s knockout cocktail dress is the super sophisticated take on the look, or try Miu Miu and Carven for dresses that nod to the theme without being too fussy. Finish off with simple, clean accessories and you’re set. Pictures: Catwalk, Ports 1961 SS13, Miu Miu pink dress, Carven white dress, and Monica Vinader earrings all from www.net-a-porter.com, white python heels from Christian Louboutin, Giambatista Valli red embellished dress from www.matchesfashion.com, Margo in snake by Kotur available here.

2. Special Separates:

As seen at Temperley, for those nervous of the overall lace effect, this Spring’s tops prove the perfect way to dip a toe into the trend. For the purist approach, Rebecca Taylor and Stella McCartney’s simple white numbers will go with just about anything, colour pops come courtesy of Jason Wu’s pink lace T shirt (great to wear with skinny trousers,) or try Erdem’s black lace number (all the better paired with a pencil skirt) for a slice of serious evening chic.  Pictures: Catwalk: Temperley SS13, White lace T shirt by Rebecca Taylor, Rochas silk skirt, Jason Wu pink top and Stella McCartney lace top all from www.net-a-porter.com, Rossantica earrings, Erdem black lace top and MaxMara shoes all from www.matchesfashion.com, white tuxedo pencil skirt from www.jcrew.com and Kotur lace Margo available here.

3. The Little Lace Dress (LLD):

As shown so perfectly at Valentino (masters of lace, in general) lace dresses for spring come in unusual colours and simple shapes to give a more modern take on this super pretty basic. Pair yours with evening friendly accessories and you’ll have an item that will take you from cocktail parties to weddings, dances to discos, all summer long. Pictures: Catwalk, Valentino SS13, green lace dress by Burberry, red halterneck and cobalt blue lace mini dress by Lover from www.net-a-porter.com, coral lace dress by Issa and Aquazzura shoes from www.matchesfashion.com, earrings by Eddie Borgo and Kotur Espey in black snakeskin availably here.