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.
Summer is fun because you can wear your cutest dresses without tights, but Fall is equally nice because you can wear your cutest dresses with tights! Own a bright floral sundress that you want to get more use out of? Simply throw on a pair of cable-knit tights, and voilà, you're instantly Fall-ready. Or how about those leather shorts you sport sans tights for a night out? Some wild leopard legwear will make it way more roar-ific. There are endless options. Step inside to see 10 fancy, Fab-approved styles, and how to wear them!
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While sheer tights are de rigueur, opaque is undoubtedly still a major player in the legwear world. That's because matte tights not only make you look good, but also protect you from harsh weather.
These Simply Vera Opaque Control-Top Tights ($9, originally $12) are dark, but let me teach you a trick to make them the most dense of all.
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Like nude, lace has an elderly connotation. Alas, designer Miuccia Prada hated the fabric, so she decided to take on the big challenge of forming her entire Fall collection out of it. Genius. And let me assure you, this isn't your grandma's lace.
A brilliant start is incorporating lace into your wardrobe via legwear, like these Fogal Lace Tights ($47). Imagine what a welcome change they could provide to an entirely black ensemble. But don't stop at tights, embrace lace all over. Tops, dresses, skirts, shoes — the lacier the better!
The hosiery line, retailing at $28, will reflect the theme of her Spring ready-to-wear collection, Miami Vice, with turquoise, magenta, and yellow embellished with geometric prints in neon-sheer washes.
Turk will debut her hosiery collection at New York Fashion week next month. The collection will hit stores in the Spring and will be sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.
Nicole Miller already has a well-established clothing line but she's shifting her focus from the top half of the body to the bottom. The successful designer is coming out with hosiery, tights, leggings, and socks, due in stores the holiday season, with the entire line arriving in Spring 2009.
"We're going to have a whole new range of prints, jacquards, colors, textures, and metallics," Miller said. She already dabbled with some designs for her Fall 2008 collection (left) and it looks really promising. Didn't I just say party hose would be all the rage? Nicole's on it!