Micro trend: patterned tights04:57:00
With the big chill showing no sign of letting up, it’s a good job the street stylers at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week were on hand to replenish our store of winter fashion inspo.
Cue former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld and actress Diane Kruger, who both employed patterned tights instead of 50 deniers, which quite frankly don’t photograph as well. (One has to think about these things as a public figure, you know).
Roitfeld, 61, is no stranger to printed nylons. A pair of fishnet or lace tights often make up her signature look, which also comprises a dark pencil skirt, silk blouse with trailing skinny scarf feature, a well-tailored masculine coat, heels and bumper shades. Her first collection for Uniqlo also included fancy hosiery, and will likely be in her second launching on February 11.
The couture shows saw the editor enjoy zigzag printed nylons paired with patent lace-up heels. The hard-edged result, though quite clearly not for the faint-hearted, is part of Roitfeld’s high-low dress code, whereby printed tights compensate for lack of shouty jewellery and embellishment.
At the Chanel Haute Couture SS16 show Roitfeld met her match. German actress Diane Kruger offset her striped tunic, a piece from the Chanel Métiers d'Art collection show in December, with a pair of lace tights boasting unusual knee patches and plain strips across the shins.
Nylon knee-patches aside, we say two’s a trend and advocate employing your own pair to spruce up monotone work looks. Follow Roitfeld’s outfit template, though, and keep skirt lengths below the knee, so only a flash of patterned shin will show.
Left to right: Fogal netlace seamless tights, £20, Selfridges; Fishnet tights, £8, Topshop; Wolford Valerie polka-dot 20 denier tights, £35,Net-a-Porter