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WITH each fashion season there are mainstream looks, and then there are niche trends. The latter start off small, with individual pieces becoming so popular they can end up like collectors' items.

Which is rather apt, as the burgeoning china blue trend is inspired by expensive things.

Fashioned in porcelain-esque chinoiserie designs, these intricate prints look like something out of your gran's prized crockery collection, or even a museum of fine art.

It's not the first time fashion has flirted with porcelain. Victoria Beckham grabbed the red carpet headlines back in 2005 by wearing a Roberto Cavalli gown that resembled a Ming vase for Elton John's summer ball.

Thankfully, this season's blue and white tributes are more understated in contemporary silhouettes - see Alesha Dixon, below, for a masterclass.

Pretty florals, farmhouse motifs or Oriental style prints - anything goes as long as it's blue accents set upon ivory.

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L-R: Marks & Spencer Woman knot-front floral shirt PS20 (www.marksandspencer.com); Invitation Dorset dress PS159; Hassop belt PS39; Rene courts PS149; all Hobbs (www.hobbs.co.uk), main pic ASOS embroidered dress PS45 (www.asos.com) and right, Alesha Dixon works the trend
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2013
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