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Summer 2011’s trends have to be my favourite since the days of 80’s “party dresses” where the only rule that mattered was the more gaudy the better.  With bright trousers, gorgeous lace, flower power, braided hair and pink EVERYTHING I’m in Paradise Estate (FYI that’s where the My Little Ponies live.)

My magpie eyes have  landed on another divine trend; the cocktail ring, which is more zany in its 2011 reimagining than ever before. After diving into my craft drawer of miscellaneous sparkly bits I decided to create an ornamental ring.   Perhaps I’m just hungry and hallucinating, but I think it bears some resemblance to a cupcake.

Cut out a piece of thick card into a circle. Cover with material of your choice. I chose a sheeny silver. Fix with glue gun. Repeat process for lace over top.

I found this string of small pearls around the edge of a birthday cake. Spiral out until you reach the edge of circle, fixing with tiny spots of glue along the way.

Fix pretty button to centre of circle.

I used an adjustable ring base from http://www.the-beadshop.co.uk, just 30p

Frame circle with slightly larger individual pearly beads. Place an iridescent bead in the flower's centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m ready to drink my Bahama Mama from a teacup at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Emma Thompson's wedding costume from "Sense and Sensibility"

Fashion’s flirtations with lace are nothing new, but all the most deserving things in life are recycled for the better (apart from Madonna’s version of American Pie).  2011’s lace conversion is palpably antique and romantic. If you feel like you should be skipping through fields of buttercups in a Jane Austen novel, you’ve got the look right.

£27.50, yesstyle.com

Coloured lace has replaced gothic black; not so much the smarties brights of S/S 2011, but tea-stained hues and dried flower petal colours.

Tutu - £10 boohoo.com

Whether it’s sheer lace layered over fitted fabrics or a lace body under a cute crop top, embrace the return of feminine and vintage.  This trend has strong ballet influences, with billowing skirts,  bodices and ballet pumps – so put your hair up in a bun, finish it with a flower clip and pirouette on the dance floor.

Team lace with leather for a rock chick look, a fur gilet for boho or flower prints to adopt this season’s 70’s hippy craze à la Erdem.

Erdem Moralioglu

Shorts - asos.com £30

F&F £10

New Look, £28.99

TK Maxx, £24.99

River Island, £24.99

Phase Eight £128

Topshop £38

little lacy bits