Showing posts with label Haute Couture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haute Couture. Show all posts

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sheer Silliness?

Christian Dior

Christian Lacroix

Black opaque tights have made getting dressed very easy for the past few years. Just pull on a pair (or I often resort to two pairs for extra cover) of M & S 80 deniers and forget about stubble, pasty skin and too short skirts. Simple. Obvs there are summer issues but heatwaves don’t last very long round these parts so there is no point devoting too much time and effort to fake tan and epilation ordeals.

However, the era of easy bottom-half dressing may be coming to an end. It seems that sheer tights, including the polka dot variety, are making a comeback. There were lots of sheer tights and stockings at Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix at haute couture week. And yes, I know that the haute couture catwalks aren’t exactly renowned for wearable styles but sheer tights were also featured in this month’s Vogue; on Lily Donaldson in a Patrick Demarchelier shoot that showcases the best of the Parisian autumn/winter collections and in the magazine’s more accessible pages – More Dash Than Cash.

Now this is worrying because sheer tights are actually far trickier to pull of than even bare legs. There is something about the pale greyish film of a pair of 10 or 20 denier hose that highlights the ruddiness of the knees and the thickness of the ankles. And so I think that for this reason, sheer tights will stay on the pages of magazines, rather than be something that is embraced by the masses. Then again, the popularity of crop tops and harem pants will testify to the fact that you can never underestimate people's willingness to jump on a trend bandwagon, however unflattering it may be. LE

Vogue August 2009