Legs are back in fashion. Not since the 60's when
miniskirts and hotpants ushered in a decade of colored, printed
and fishnet stockings, have legs enjoyed so much exposure. Modernist
Jean-Paul Gaultier is just one of the fashion leaders who is doing
the haute leg, giving bodysuits and hosiery a brand new luxury
twist for Spring 2000.
The fishnet, as opposed to the Internet,
hosiery plays a big role in this hosiery revival. Fashion's
favorite designers have put them on the runways and pronounced
them chic. That's a long way from the time when they were
associated with cabaret dancers, ladies of the night or Punk
Putting things in perspective, the current
exhibition at The Fashion Institute of Technology, entitled
The Little Black Dress and Other Signs of Status, is about
black as a status symbol and how the same style connotes
different meanings, depending on who wears it. As FIT's curator
says: "By covering her legs in black hose, a woman may signal
poverty, chastity, bohemian insouciance, or decrepitude. Opaque
black hose bespeaks an urge to walk in shadows whether for
modesty or seduction; black fishnets are imbued with an essence
of hookerdom" regardless if they were bought at Prada or
Fredericks of Hollywood. But all of this is changing quickly.
Young Hollywood is embracing fishnets worn alone or over bright
colored tights along with back-seamed nets that do wonders for
"Blame Canada" for the line dancers wearing
fishnets provided by Danskin during the Oscar performance by
Robin Williams. According to L'Wren Scott, style director for
this years Oscars "The fishnets brilliantly completed the
dancers' outfits, and the dancers loved them."
Now if you're ready to join the fishnet crowd
here are a few suggestions. Try colors such as nude, cocoa and
off-white to update office looks. Pair fishnets with checked
pants for a Hollywood glam look. Layer fishnets with hues of
pink, red, or blue hosiery underneath. Use caution when pairing
layered fishnets with flower prints.
Still feeling a little uneasy about trying on
a pair of fishnets? Wolford reinterprets the fishnet look in a
pattern called Timaios. A combination of contrasting
stripes on a net background which render the look of fishnet
with the benefit of a slimming effect on the leg.
...AND NOW FOR MORE LEGGY LOOKS
Known for innovative and sexy bodywear, Wolford teamed with
fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier to offer special edition
garments for Spring 2000.
Gaultier's inspiration led to the development
of a pair of tights with a trompe-l'oeil effect of seamed
stockings, making it much easier to keep the seam in the center
where it belongs. The most exciting of the collection includes a
bodysuit with standup collar reminiscent of "corsetiere", with a
trompe-l'oeil bra and panty knitted into the one-piece body
stocking. The final piece reminiscent of the film "Fifth
Element" a faux garter-belt, string panties, seamed knee-highs
with a reciprocated, reinforced, heel all in one piece.
Legs have always stood on their own when it
came to changing fashion. Women revolted in the 70's when long
skirts threatened to cover up this favorite asset. Never
underestimate the power of the leg.