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THERE is a fabric, one we are all familiar with, that worn well looks spectacular at this time of year. It manages to be sexy, feminine and elegant. It is of course lace. And this year the seasonal favourite is more popular than ever. Red lace in particular is proving a front runner. From designer to high street, there is one for every price point.

Red lace is an immediate show stopper, full of drama, but while vixens everywhere clamber for the body-con versions, there are other options too.

The most classic styles feature long sleeves and reveal only what needs must but flirty options with fuller skirts and scalloped trims are a great alternative.

Lace, with a flesh coloured lining has been the party dress of choice for several seasons now.

Christmas 2013 however sees a return to the traditional, tonal lining, red with red, black with black, or sheer lace for the very body-beautiful.

Dolce & Gabbana, taking inspiration from their Italian heritage, have featured lace in almost all of their collections, but AW13 saw them turn their focus entirely on this item, meaning the red carpet has seen a rush of celebs in lace, each with their own interpretation (or should I say their stylist's interpretation) of how it should be worn.

Kim Kardashian caused a stir when she chose white lace with only generously-sized black underwear to protect her modesty, and pulled it off with aplomb.

Lace has one huge advantage, it has the ability to transcend age groups seamlessly.

Most recently 68-year-old Helen Mirren and 22-year-old Rita Ora wore identical floor length Dolce dresses and fashion critics decided unanimously that Helen, pictured, wore it best.

If party dresses aren''t your thing, lace is still an option, opt for a slim, calf length pencil skirt, pair with a cropped chunky jumper or a polo neck and pointed courts.

There a little lace something for everyone.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2013
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