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Lace for spring

If lace is your look, you're going to love spring fashion. Lace showed up on runways in New York and abroad, on tops, dresses and skirts. There was plenty of white, of course, but also black, tan and blush tones as well as some colors.

And it's shown in many ways, from trims to overlays.

Something else to watch for: crochet is making a comeback this spring.


Fashion tip

Looking to spice up your winter outfits? One way is to add glittery or patterned accessories.

"Using shiny or glazed materials in your ensemble -- particularly in your shoes -- adds a bit of interest and uniqueness," designer Cynthia Rowley tells the Wall Street Journal.

You also can add a pair of leggings or stockings with colorful or interesting details to a basic outfit. Or try a metallic belt on an all-black outfit, two other ideas suggested by Rowley in the article.


On the shelf

Fans of designer Anna Sui won't want to miss a new book highlighting her 20-year career -- her designs, her interests, her inspirations.

The book, with chapters divided by runway shows, includes a forward by Sui with text written by Andrew Bolton, curator at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

"All I ever wanted to do was design clothes for rock stars and people who go to rock concerts. That I've been able to do that for so long is pretty amazing," Sui told the Associated Press.

"Anna Sui" (Chronicle, $60) was released in November and features more than 400 photographs.


And finally

"That's always been my philosophy: timelessness, not trends."

Designer Ralph Lauren, in Architectural Digest