French home girls have been donning a curious mix of dark tights with their Puma flats on the streets of Paris for some time now. On the runways for fall, a barrage of covered leg looks (especially with the season’s mini) is turning the bare-leg-as-cool-quotient on its head. A connection between the two is arguable but the point is women are working with the leg again and not just with lace up to the knee Ernesto Esposito gladiator pumps. With thigh-high legwarmers breaking up the line of a mini or a pearlescent sheer white-on-white at Chanel, to a pair of red leather legwarmer boots peeking out of a full-length black dress at Roberto Cavalli, fetishistic thigh-high legwarmer/boots at Balenciaga, and dizzy-printed stockings at Christian Lacroix, leg coverings are making a strong comeback offering color block effects, contrast and whimsy to the mixed up influences for fall. Check out Tom Van Lingen‘s surreal inspired squiggly lines ascending soft colored stockings that class up his come-fuck-me pum-pum skirts. Who will benefit from this trend? Surely Wolford, Fogal, Cosa Bella and Eres stocks should rise thigh-high when women stampede into stockings this fall.
- Meghan Cleary
Photo: Balenciaga Fall 2003