Trend Watch: Lace Gets a New Look for Spring 2012

From delicate patterns to cool geometric details, lace has a cool new edge for the season.

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Lace gets a bold update for Spring 2012.
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Lace is getting a bold new look for Spring 2012, from romantic styles to exaggerated, geometric patterns. At Louis Vuitton, bold lace separates were paired together for a girly, mis-matched look.
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Giambattista Valli's retro lace looks for sring were executed in clean, simple silhouettes like this breezy lace overcoat. Available now at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Cool textural details added an innovative touch to classic lace looks. At Erdem, laser-cut lace had a subtle, fluttery movement.
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Similarly, the pastel lace looks at Dolce & Gabbana were finished with floral appliques and shimmering beads.
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Picnic-ready dresses like this one by Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti never go out of style. This lemon-yellow sundress was finished with a doily-like lace trim.
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Likewise, a classic lace look at Oscar de la Renta was styled with cheeky white bobby socks and open-toe sandals. For a similar lacy look, check out de la Renta's white drop-waist dress at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Anna Sui gave her breeze lace dresses a prairie-girl spin with silk overlays and big sun hats.
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Temperley's modern lace looks combined elegant embroidered details with ruffled textures and silver bead work.
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Pucci's flirty lace crop tops were paired with full, high-waisted skirts for an elegant (if slightly daring) evening look.
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Rebecca Taylor finished pastel-colored tunics with subtle lace panels for a romantic spring look.
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At Alice & Olivia, shimmery metallic separates were styled with charming lace tops inlaid with sequins and contrasting yellow embroidery.
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One expects a swishy lace dress like this one from Nanette Lepore's Spring '12 collection to have an innocent look, but rendered in neon orange and bright turquoise, it gets a punky, modern makeover. $478 at Shopbop.
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Similarly, Preen put a modern spin on a lace pencil skirt by designing a custom geometric lace pattern (look closely to see tiny squares).
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Likewise, Miu Miu toned down the baby-doll look that often attends lace pieces by rendering these dresses in dark jewel tones.
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Valentino is known for their frothy lace confections, but Spring 2012 had a quirky, fresh-from-the-farm appeal. For a similar lacy look, check out this elegant keyhole blouse at Net-a-Porter.
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