>> September is my favorite month of the year -- not because all the young'uns go back to school, or because autumn is coming, but rather because the fashion magazines get fat. Fat with ads and fall fashion reports, that is. The new fall ads are great for style ideas, but the fall fashion reports are a different story. After a while, they tend to say the same basic thing -- it's like you're being force-fed the big overarching trends. And it's funny, because in saying the same thing, they miss some of the smaller trends. Like tights, for example.
Black opaque tights have always been a staple item of mine, so I may be partially biased, but with Edie Sedgwick being a major influence on the runways for fall, I think they're a safe bet. I especially like this Mary Kate Olsen-influenced look that is a bit punkish (right), because it balances out a dress that might be a bit stuffy otherwise. And it so easy to do -- just drop by your nearest drug store, throw your new tights to the dog, and there you go, without even lifting a finger. Seriously though, we've all ripped our tights without meaning to, so why not take advantage of the look while it's around and recycle those old things stuffed in the back of your sock drawer?
The more classic and sophisticated look of cable-knit or crochet-- probably the style I have seen most often in ads. These tights are very versatile -- they are simple and subtle, but at the same time they definitely add some panache to an outfit. In fact, I came across some Anna Sui brown cable knit tights (left) for $25 the other day -- probably the cheapest authentic designer deal I've ever come across.
And then there's the gorgeous Swarovski crystal applique tights Zac Posen produced -- 99 pairs have been made, so it's not likely that I'll get my grubby little hands on some. But one can still appreciate the beauty of these "Imperial Legs," selling at Bergdorf Goodman for $500 -- they really are a masterpiece in their own.
And finally, for the fearless -- the opaque white hose look that has shown up on the runways of Comme des Garcons and Valentino Couture. It reminds me of, I hate to say it, a nurse's uniform. There's a fine line to be walked between sexy stilletoed nurse and frumpy podiatric-shod nurse, so clearly shoe choice is key. But I would say as well that if you're feeling daring, try to stick to a monochrome outfit.