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THE LACE IS ON; Top 10 of spring's top fabric.

WHEN Kate Middleton walked down the aisle a year ago, her now iconic wedding dress brought lace to the fashion mainstream. And when the spotlight shone for her 30th birthday, the Duchess of Cambridge turned to lace again - a black Temperley gown that her Madame Tussauds waxwork has recently been dressed in.

Lace is this year''s reigning fabric. But while it's traditionally dark and moody, it''s undergone a fresh makeover for spring in brights, whites and pastels.

BLUE BELLE Tick off two spring trends for pastels and lace with one beautiful dress, like Boutique by Jaeger''s delicate blue number, pounds 240 CLUTCH CONTROL Add a touch of lace to your ensemble with Martine Wester''s sweet-not-sour lemon clutch bag, pounds 36 PENCIL POWER A pencil skirt is the most elegant way to work a peekaboo fabric. Try Mint Velvet''s slinky separate, pounds 89, available May MONOCHROME MAGIC If you don''t like the idea of all-over lace, try subtle accent panels like Ted Baker''s Mande sleeveless shirt in chic black and cream, pounds 109 LACE LOOKALIKE You don''t have to wear actual lace to create a lasting impression. Go for cheat chic with Teatro''s lace print prom dress, pounds 56 GREEN GODDESS Make a bold impact in a bright lace jacket, like Phase Eight''s Guipure boxy style with pretty scallop trim, pounds 79 BRAVE BRIGHTS Damsel In A Dress''s Priscilla dress contrasts tangerine lace against shocking pink, pounds 174.30 (damselinadress.co.uk).

PUMP PERFECTION Take the appliqued look to your footwear and step out in Topshop''s Marais lace perspex points, pounds 30 PEPLUM PARADE Exaggerate your curves with a peplum top. Warehouse''s classic white lace is a waistline wonder, pounds 35 LOVE LULU Dive into the blue with Coast''s beyond pretty embroidered Lulu dress, pounds 250

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From left: Damsel in a Dress Priscilla orange lace dress, pounds 174.30; Middleton in lace; lace peplum top, pounds 35, and shorts, pounds 40, from Warehouse Lace three quarter sleeve dress, pounds 119, from Mint Velvet
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2012
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