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It all falls into lace

Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday March 26, 2011

NATASHA SILVA-JELLY

This wardrobe must-have is one of the hottest trends for the coming season, writes NATASHA SILVA-JELLY. Fashion's enduring love affair with lace was clear for the world to see on the recent autumn-winter 2011-12 international catwalks. Emerging as one of the hottest trends for the coming season, ladylike displays of lace were showcased at Valentino (see-through lace tops), Bottega Veneta (delicate trims and panelling) and Lanvin (sensual lace shifts) in Paris. And no Collette Dinnigan collection - the latest of which was also unveiled in the City of Light earlier this month - would be complete without the inclusion of pretty little lace frocks. Dinnigan has, after all, forged a global name for herself through her signature lace slips and dresses.On the high street, Portmans launched its new winter magazine with hot Australian supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw clad in a glamorous black lace blouse and pencil skirt.First used by clergy of the early Catholic Church to embellish vestments, lace did not come into widespread use until the 16th century when the tradition of lace-making became popular throughout Europe. Back then, the technique was principally used to make tablecloths and doilies; today, lace is a wardrobe must-have.Rather than all-out, head-to-toe frocks, lace in its latest incarnation has popped up as the key detail on dresses, blouses and trims and in seriously chic separates such as pants (gold in Dinnigan's case), skirts and tops. And forget its gothic reputation, this season lace not only has black stitched up but also comes in fresh feminine shades of camel, cream and nude.Chic and luxe looking, lace is the perfect style choice for Sydney's Autumn Racing Carnival. Flash a little under a jacket or winter coat, go for a flesh-toned lace frock or embrace the look through accessories heels, clutches and fascinators all look fabulous in lace.STOCKISTS Arthur Galan, agclothing.com Collette Dinnigan, 9363 2698 Portmans, (03) 9420 0200 Valentino, store.valentino.com

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