24 Thursday, 22 October 2009 London Lite FASHION SPY By Louise Roe SIXSUPER Breton tops A licence tofrillin autumns lacy look T HERES no denying that wearing lace can be something of a sarto- rial challenge. With so many connotations flying around its hard to know how to style it. Opt for white or cream, and its deemed too bridal, but go for gothic black and it can look too spooky. If your lace is of a flesh- baring variety it will be branded as tarty, while body-covering lace can be too granny-ish. In fact, trying to hit the balance with this fabric can seem like hard work. But get it right and its a pretty, deli- cate, vintage trend that will take you through the season in bags of style. Drew Barrymore recently modelled a yellow and black Alexander McQueen lace prom-style dress. Anything but twee, this graphic, com- puterised lace gives the fabric a futuristic twist. S u p e r m o d e l N a t a l i a Vodianova went daring in lace at London Fashion Week, wearing a transpar- ent cream lace top over a black bra and black leather leggings. She looked fab, but small boobs, a f lat tummy and spades of super- model attitude are required to make this one work. For a more elegant look, cue Anna Friel exiting the stage door of Breakfast At Tiffanys in a pale pink lace prom dress with mint peep-toe shoes. The delicious ice cream shades and Fifties styling makes it an authentic way for retro girls to wear lace. So how does the trend transfer to real life? Our Street Style girl Natalie Victoria, opposite, gets it spot on in her Topshop frock. Her jaunty haircut and minimal- ist accessories help keep the lace in check. Other easy ways to add lace to your wardrobe are lace tunics over leggings, or lace bodies, blouses or crop tops with skinny jeans. Lace fans should mark 2 November in your diary as Pearl Lowe for Peacocks will be arriving in-store. Famous for her lace frocks, our fave is the red lace mini tea dress (35). Other lacy numbers can be found at Topshop. From frou-frou tiered lace jackets (65), to Eighties-style crop tops (25), and a goth-chic crushed velvet and lace dress (40), its a one- stop shop for lace fiends. What sartorial challenge? BY REBECCA BOYCE Laced with elegance: actress Drew Barrymore in Alexander McQueen S ITTING for dinner at LAs Chateau Marmont, my new friend Annabel grimaced: I had a little accident in Chanel today. I held my breath. Shed left without paying for a dress? Her dog pooped into a quilted handbag? But no. I bought two pairs of shoes, then felt bad for my friend so I bought her a pair too. Oops! Note to self: ALWAYS go shopping with Annabel in future... Head of The Rug Company (look out for the cool collaboration with Alexander McQueen next season), she wore a Matthew Williamson full-length white kaftan, a chunky gold bracelet and barely any Addatouchoffemininestyle STREETSTYLEInassociationwithSpecsaversIN&OUTTONIGHT KNITTED CROP 35, Topshop GOLD BUTTON T-SHIRT 16, Topshop PULL- ON TOP 18, New Look TOP WITH RUFFLE FRONT 126, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel at my-wardrobe. com TWIST STRIPE 199, Jaeger A.P.C. WOOL BLEND 115, net-a- porter.com index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html