By royal appointment

As Kate Middleton walked up the aisle during her wedding to Britain's Prince William last year, millions of people worldwide marvelled at her bridal gown.

Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am

Body work

Fashion cover: crochet lace top with patent leather flowers (HK$40,000) and patent, woven-leather platform sandals (HK$12,400), both from Dolce & Gabbana, Alexandra House, Central. Printed cropped trousers (HK$2,950) by Taylor Tomasi Hill for Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cherie D

Who started it? Born and bred in London, Sherina Dalamal trained at the city's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and at L'Ecole Lesage, in Paris, France, where she studied couture embroidery. With internships at Alexander McQueen and Nicole Farhi, Dalamal's Indian aesthetics gained a deeper understanding of Western cuts and sensibilities.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A delicate touch

One of the most memorable images to come from the Spring-Summer 2012 collections was that of models in bon-bon-coloured lace dresses perched daintily on white horses, spinning round and around on the Louis Vuitton carousel. It was a lasting vision of prettiness that defines one of the key trends this season: the sweet innocence of lace.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


For the upcoming autumn season, designers are borrowing staples from men's closets - including tailoring, white shirts and accessories such as suspenders and cummerbunds. The result is a quirky boy-meets-girl style featuring plenty of sharp cuts, from structured blazers to sleek trousers in modern silhouettes, as seen at Yigal Azrouel.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Dream weaver

From the boardroom to the dance floor, lace is the common thread this winter - just don't overdo it.

3 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


It was hubble, bubble, toil and trouble on the runway as designers created some black magic moments. Lace was popular while others ruffled things up with feathers.

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


Lace was the 'it' fabric on the autumn/winter catwalks, and the trend for artisanal fabrics is set to continue into spring. This time around, however, we say goodbye to the dark gothic lace seen at Givenchy and Prada. Instead, spring heralds a more romantic look, featuring plenty of white lace as championed by brands A.F. Vandevorst, Balmain and Wunderkind.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Keeping it light

Karen Millen The latest collection (right) introduces a new lightness, with a focus on transparent organza and chiffon. Styles range from the more voluminous '50s skirt to safari shapes and sexy '70s silhouettes. Evening wear focuses on sculptural ruffles and frills, such as the ornate flowers that climb the halter-neck of a slinky black satin mini-dress with ruffle hem.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Chine and chic

Started by French designer Luc Duchene 14 years ago, clothing label Chine combines the sensual fabrics of China with the couture cuts of Parisian fashion. Romantic, feminine and intricate, the collection comprises vintage-inspired clothing in fabrics such as embroidered satin, silk and lace.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Leather works

American accessories label Coach has launched the Soho Lace Leather collection for autumn. Bold, antique hardware adorns this season's bags and wallets, and functional shapes such as the satchel, hobo and cross-shoulder bag all make an appearance. The range of pebble-leather wallets (below; $2,990) features a distinctive buckle and a sun motif made from ribbon woven into the leather.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

lacy days

Flowers and lace might have an old-world sensibility, but modern designers are doing revolutionary things with them. While there will always be a demand for shabby chic - the neo-rustic furniture and pretty patterns made famous by Los Angeles designer Rachel Ashwell ( - the aesthetic goes far beyond that these days.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Destination check list

A destination wedding can be as simple or as complicated as you make it, but there are certain additional considerations.


30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

style meter


Battery-powered cufflinks

They project a beam of light in six colours and are so kitsch, they're cool. Just be prepared to part with US$200. Available from

Mod-inspired shapes

Go for higher hemlines and bubble-shaped dresses inspired by Courreges.

Cowboy style

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Lovely in lace

Delicately feminine lace has emerged as another important fabric of the season. Layered over coloured chiffon and satin, its effect is alluring and elegant. The transparency of the fabric creates a sense of motion and blurs the line between the age of the Romantics and the modern world.

12 Sep 2005 - 12:00am