Stockings used to be a somewhat boring Winter necessity — until Gossip Girl came around. Thanks to Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, both of whom were spotted wearing pretty hues and textures on the popular fashion-heavy show, legwear has become a cool outlet to show off your sleek styling skills. Perhaps that's why DKNY just announced a collaboration with Eric Daman, costume designer of Gossip Girl, to design a legwear capsule collection for Fall. “I feel like I grew up with legwear in the '70s and '80s, and it’s great to see legwear being part of a woman’s ensemble, a defining piece of women’s ready-to-wear, said Daman. . . . “Hosiery is quite sexy. What we try to do in Gossip Girl is lots of texture. It makes the characters come alive . . . it gives a character like Blair life when she’s wearing a pencil skirt with distressed rib tights. It gives her look something special.”Prices and more details on the collection.
> Now is the time to bust out those tights, so if you're due for a upgrade, check out our favorite pairs for Winter. Included are wooly ribbed tights for the equestrian gal, lacy numbers for the sexy, and even a a mustard-hued pair of for the daring. More leggy picks from Wolford, Rick Owens, J.Crew and Falke to add to your shopping list in the slideshow.
The perfect party dress is not complete without some fête-worthy hose. Are you with me? Swiss dot hose are the latest rage, but there are tons of other fun styles to experiment with. Like these Urban Outfitters Sheer Hearts Tights ($14); they're the opposite of shy, a great way to show your sassy sweet side. Enter for more ways to spice up your legs.
Despite all her recent drama, Lindsay Lohan is staying business-minded. The celebrity designer and self-tan guru has announced the addition of a new hosiery line to her 6126 leggings line. “Tights are another staple, just like leggings,” said Lohan, seen left wearing a pair from the line. “For girls that don’t want to wear socks with their leggings, tights are a natural alternative. They are sexy and a classic staple.” Lindsay's tights, wholesaling at $18, include a body shaping feature and will come in matte, shiny, and nude finishes. Are you at all interested?
Doo-Ri Chung has learned the right pair of tights can instantly transform an outfit. After receiving high accolades for the leggings shown in her Fall collection, seen left, Doo-Ri has decided to launch a hosiery line.
“I would love to use studs or bring something in that could be smooth on the surface,” said Chung. “Legwear is so important because women today see themselves in complete looks, and with how big accessories have become, they see how models are on the runway and that’s how they want to get dressed.”
The Doo.Ri leggings collection will make its debut in the Fall. If her hosiery does well, Chung will consider creating a more extensive line for next Spring.
Balmain might have been barelegged yesterday, but if Nina Ricci and Balenciaga have anything to do with it, women will pair all of their slinky and short frocks with sheer black hosiery next season. Oliver Theyskens' Spring 09 collection for Nina Ricci propelled this trend into motion, and we're glad to see many designers doing it this season. It's affordable and sexy and, really, we don't think we're alone when we say that the black opaque look is kind of overdone.
Transparency trends have made their way through various seasons and fashion weeks without anyone tiring of them. This Fall 2009 we noticed a couple of instances of sheer loose hosiery in Stockholm. We love not only the DIY potential that this look has, but also the chic carelessness that it conveys. For a fashionista who aligns herself with Alexander Wang, for instance, this look is sure to please.
Ever wake up one morning mid-winter and think to yourself, "No, I will not squeeze myself into those jeans another day"--well, this fashion formula has always been our solution. It's much more comfortable than a frock or skirt and let's you play with the androgynous trends ad infinitum. Pair heavy tights, riding boots, and wool shorts with a buttoned-up white blouse, a structured jacket, or a cool, 1970's sweater and we guarantee you'll feel much more chic then when you woke up that morning. Simple as it may be, there's something to be said for those standby combinations that never do you wrong.
Fashionologie just reported on the Chanel Spring 2009 ad campaign and we're delighted to see these first shots. We're not going to lie, we've never been Chanel girls. We don't really understand the undying fascination with Karl Lagerfeld and we definitely don't look good in tweed. Alas, there is a slick, handsome side to Chanel that we do fall for and this campaign perfectly captures it. White tights?! We love them--especially when styled with coattails. Get the look now with bloomers or a black and white mini-skirt.