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February, 2012

New Emilio Cavallini: An 80's Throwback

Do you remember the 80’s? Well I do and amongst the oversized shoulder pads and frosted hair, there was a real feel of excitement, of rebellion and of vibrancy, led by colour of every kind becoming part of our daily fashion diet.

A never worn before explosion of electric oranges, atomic purples, acid greens and yellow and shocking blues burst into our wardrobe and for several years, took over.

It was a fashion that came from the street artists and graduated into fashion design to create the most aggressive wardrobe of the last century.

Now it seems this slice of the 80’s is back. Emilio Cavallini has launched their own homage to the 80’s with a range of ‘get happy’ hosiery that can be a great way to put that injection of colour into your wardrobe without going the whole hog. The big question is how to work this trend without looking too retro.

In the first instance you can create your own 21st Century take on this revival by using a simple stark basic as your foundation garment – a simple black dress, your favourite jeans or a stylish shorts suit. Add a pair of neon dating tips and advice for men

source=emilio&utm_medium=blog” target=”_blank”>orange tights, such as the Emilio Cavallini Semi Sheer Seamed Tights in Orange, or the acid green Poppies Knee Highs and you have an instant colour kick.

Elongate the season for dark dresses by lifting what would be a severe look into something fun. Try different colours to see what works with your leg shape, size and your own original style – there are a variety of patterns to choose from too, from fluorescent floral patterns to neon animal print tights. Team solid colour shoes so that the focus is on your legs. For the evening, shorten your hem length to put even more neon leg on display.

If leg expanses aren’t your thing, try a hint of neon. Roll up your favourite jeans to show a colour explosion around the ankle – the Emilio Cavallini Opaque Knee Highs Socks are perfect for this. Try electric blue or shocking pink. Team with contrasting shoes for a really bright fun day into evening look.

Last year’s fashion can also benefit from a neon update and whilst unpredictable weather is still with us, use fluorescent coloured tights to give a new twist on a shorts suit, cropped jumpsuit or sawn off jeans. Teamed with interesting shoes it’s a look that will see you through to summer. Who knows, it may even help to bring on the sunshine!


London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2012: the Trend Report

The fashion pack descended on London this week to devour a feast of fashion from the UK’s top designers.  London Fashion Week has a reputation for being quirky, eccentric and occasionally downright bonkers – but commentators have dubbed this Autumn Winter 2012 London Fashion Week the one where London grew up and became more commercially aware.  Don’t think for a second that means boring though!  With prints, acid brights, fun and colourful tailoring. London’s designers have once again proved that they are bursting with creativity and leading the way in the fun and wearable fashion we’ll all be coveting next season.   I’ve picked out a few of the emerging trends from this week’s catwalk shows and I’ve also included some ideas for how to wear those looks right now.

Florals are a big trend for this Spring Summer season but designers, including Erdem and Giles, are determined to keep them alive for Autumn Winter.  While summer is a riot of colourful flower prints, autumn winter naturally calls for something a little more demure and muted.  Get the look now with Pamela Mann’s Flocked Rose Tights which have velvety flocked roses on a sheer black background that gives the perfect balance between flowery patterns and wintery texture.  Floral patterns on dark backgrounds also work well for this look so check out the Celeste Stein Frederick Dynasty Tights or Black New Age Floral Tights.

Big knits are a winter godsend and there were plenty of over sized jumpers to choose from on the catwalks at Jonathan Saunders, Acne and Christopher Kane.  Whether they were adorned with bright patterns, sparkling embellishment or made in acid brights, they were worn with a long, bottom covering, line.   Wear them with leggings or footless tights but make sure you always add in a pair of heels (the higher the better) to give the look a more dressed up feel.

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ondon-fashion-week-autumn-winter-2012-the-trend-report/issa_lfw_feb12/”>Speaking of leggings, just when we thought they were waning they have had yet another revival at London Fashion Week.  At Clements Ribiero and Issa pretty much every dress or skirt was combined with a pair of leggings.  The new way to wear them is under longer length skirts and always with heels.  Think slim fitting knee length and midi skirts.   Try out the Trasparenze Dorella Footless Leggings in every colour and update you whole wardrobe.  Alternatively, take your leggings with a figure boosting secret.  Spanx’s Look At Me Cotton Leggings will hold you in all over to make your legs, bum and tummy look firmer and more toned under those fitted skirts and dresses.

For a sumptuous evening look you can’t beat brocade patterns in glimmering metallic threads.  Oman and Temperley exhibited luxurious brocade on skirts, trousers and jackets.  Get the look now with the Mary Portas and Charnos Baroque Floral Tights which have an opulent brocade floral pattern in a choice of silver, indigo or rich red.  This is a pattern that is best worn sparingly though.  Heed the advice of the Telegraph’s Lisa Armstrong who cautions “however much you adore brocade, limit yourself to one piece at a time. Keep the rest low-key and you can wear this day to night.”

One of the advantages of showcasing new Autumn Winter collections in February is that the weather is still chilly enough to start experimenting with next winter’s looks now!  Stock up on leggings and florals, You might be longing for the lazy, hazy days of summer but necessity still dictates that an oversized jumper and leggings are still going to be useful well into April.  And of course, don’t forget to start working that brocade into your look, especially for sumptuous evening occasions.    What are your favourite looks from London Fashion Week?  Do let us know which of the new looks you will be trying out over the next few months including those all important hosiery choices.


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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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If you are a UK celeb you’ve probably had a pretty busy week.  London Fashion week has been in full swing.  Then of course there were the Brit awards last night and that always promises an eventful evening.

If you were checking out the Brits red carpet pictures you might have noticed X Factor winners Little Mix in an eclectic ensemble that included a pair of Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks<

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/a> supplied by  Jade Thirlwell teamed her sweet shorts and blazer look with a pair of our Monique ankle socks in white.

Jade has clearly got her finger on the fashion pulse as ankle socks are set to be one of the biggest trends for this spring summer.   They’ve given a sweet and girly touch to Jade’s slightly androgynous look.  Avoid looking school girly by combining your ankle socks with platform heels and tailored shorts and a jacket like Jade.

Little Mix girls, if you are reading this don’t forget our Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks also come in a wide range of colours so there should be something to suit Perrie, Jesy and Leigh-Anne too.


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Monday, February 20th, 2012

London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2012: House of Holland

Henry Holland had me worried for a moment when he declared “We’re growing up!” at his Autumn Winter 2012 catwalk show this week.  “Please, not too much!” I thought.

The House of Holland catwalk show at London Fashion Week is always a favourite.  As well as his outstanding ready to wear collections, Holland also shows his range of hosiery which he designs exclusively for Pretty Polly.  Even for us, the catwalk show is the very first glimpse of the House of Holland range that we will be stocking next season.  It never disappoints.

As it turned out there was no need to fret, Henry Holland’s version of “grown up” still has that irreverent streak that made him one of fashion’s biggest success stories.  Sure there was plenty of neat tailoring but combined with outsized prints and youthful cherry reds, candy pinks, cobalt blues and sunny yellows.  Dog tooth print was a common theme at the show and we are already coveting the hounds tooth check tights in electric blue and yellow.  The oversized dog tooth check

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, with all of its associations with old fashioned glamour, certainly looks the part alongside the Holland’s tailoring but they are given a more youthful feel with a dash of eye catching yellow at the mid thigh.  I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on a pair and styling them with a 60s style shift dress and a pair of chunky platform heels.  I also like the idea of wearing them at work with a midi skirt during the day and then showing off the yellow flash with a shorter skirt in the evening – classic boardroom to bar looks.

More grown up certainly but defiantly not all the way, this is just a taste of the new hosiery range from House of Holland for Pretty Polly.  We’ve seen pictures of the new collection and there are lots more exciting and cutting edge designs to come for Autumn Winter 2012.  We’ll be clamouring to get our hands on the new styles as soon as they are available but for now we’ll all have to be content with lusting over the catwalk images.  Is it wrong to be looking forward to next winter so fervently?


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Friday, February 17th, 2012 goes to NYC Fashion Week!

Our founder Laura jetted out to NYC last week for New York fashion week and was invited to the utterly incredible Emilio Cavallini AW 12 show.  Inspired by the 1950s model Bettie Page, the first real pin up girl and femme fatal, the show opened with a short film called “Risqué Business at the Florence Excelsior Hotel” which was followed by an absolutely stunning collection.

Called “peculiar and provocative” by the Fashion Herald Blog, the show was almost avant-garde in its presentation.  Fashion blog Hogger & Co. called it “a sensual display of sexy leg and body wear”, while the Fashion Herald Blog got past the peculiarity and loved the stockings that, they say, “really help define your outfit”.

Established 40 years ago, Emilio Cavallini is known as a brand that is synonymous with innovation and cutting edge design.  Cavallini himself says he was “intrigued by the idea of pulling hosiery out of anonymity, of transforming it into a ‘garment’ unto itself…. Let’s face it, the leg makes up more than 30 percent of a head-to-toe look.”

The AW 12 collection gave us a good idea of what to expect when it comes round to autumn again… and the great news is you can start keeping an eye out now because some of the trends will already be around.  Here are three of our favourite looks that we can’t wait to try!

Soft Fetish

For those of you that couldn’t get to grips with the fetish trend the first time around, here’s your chance to try it again.  In the autumn fetish styles will return with a softer, almost ladylike look.  Lace hosiery and flor

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al designs will be blended with intricate fishnet and shredded hosiery – you can keep it tough with leather or team with silks and chiffons to create sexy, elegant looks.


Jessie J has already been spotted in them and styles of tattoo tights are already available, but they’ll be around in a big way come the autumn.  Emilio Cavallini has adapted the trend to make it softer, with lace, net and swirling designs all featuring in classic black – who would have thought that tattoo tights would eve become office appropriate?

Textured Patterns

Chevron tights & argyle designs will be back in the autumn, mixing with heavy-duty optical illusion graphics.  We recommend teaming these with your shift dresses from this season for an ultra-chic work look.

With so many exciting designs, we almost can’t wait for it to be autumn again!  What’s your favourite look?  Do you love the new collection or are you dreading having to wear leather again?  We want to know what you think, so head to our Facebook page or tweet us and let us know!


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Friday, February 17th, 2012

New Jonathan Aston Fashion Has Arrived

Our new Spring Summer collections are coming in fast and the latest to arrive is the new Jonathan Aston range.   Jonathan Aston is one of the most diverse fashion brands we stock. They have everything from bold coloured opaques to fashion tights that follow the season’s hottest trends.   This Spring Summer though, they’ve really excelled themselves so I thought I would bring you a few of the highlights from this brilliant range that captures all of the key looks of 2012.

If you want to reference the new grunge revival then Jonathan Aston’s Rebel Tights are the tights that will give you that look in an instant. We are certain that they are going to be bestsellers.  These opaque tights have an artfully worn and distressed look that is very rock and roll.   We stocked a similar pair of ripped tights last year and our customers couldn’t get enough of them.   This year we have a resurgence of 1990s fashion to help them along!

Speaking of the 1990s, ever since Alexa Chung sported a pair of pair of cycling shorts to Chanel’s catwalk show in Paris – bike shorts have been a burgeoning microtrend.   Jonathan Aston’s Adore Tights are a way to wear this trend without having to brave the lycra look.  These sheer tights become opaque above the knee and are decorated with a lace pattern that looks great worn under another pair of shorts, particularly denim ones.  Alexa wore hers with heels and a boxy blazer but you can try this with flat ankle boots for a more casual look.

The spring summer catwalks were bursting with flower prints with designers like Oscar de la Renta, Matthew Williamson, Erdem, Diane von Furstenberg

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and Christopher Kane experimenting with head to toe florals.   With their fresh and pretty rose pattern, Jonathan Aston’s Bouquet Tights are a more flattering way to wear florals than those unforgiving flowery jeans and trousers that are all over the high street.   Floral tights are also a simple way to add colour to the all white outfits that are big news this season.

Spots continue as a huge trend this season and Jonathan Aston’s new Cherish Tights are light and summery way to wear this look.  The opaque spots on these tights are very similar to the ones that Cheryl Cole wore on the cover of Instyle magazine recently but Jonathan Aston have updated them for summer by making these tights from micronet, rather than sheer hosiery, and introducing the delicate nude shade Brulee as an alternative to black.  Brulee is a very soft pink shade that is perfect to team with those summery nude dresses and shoes.   Update last season’s lace dresses with these spotty tights for a pretty, girly look.

Finally, the Jonathan Aston Chaos Tights are at the top of my want list.  Made from luxurious tulle, they have a paint spatter pattern that is created in velvety flocking with a sensational back seam.  They feel gorgeous, they look amazing and they’ll certainly turn heads.

This is just a selection of the fantastic fashion pieces in the new Jonathan Aston Spring Summer range.  Check out the full range of Jonathan Aston Tights which also includes cute cherry patterns, wild animal prints and sexy suspender tights.


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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

New York Fashion Week – Trend Report

This New York Fashion Week has not been a great one for trend spotting.  If you were searching for an overarching theme and some rules to live your Autumn Winter by you may be disappointed.  New York’s designers clearly declined collude on the influences of the season and the result is a smorgasbord of looks to choose from.  However, my eagle fashion eye has still spotted a few running themes I think we’ll be seeing more of as we get closer to next winter.

Whether you chose to call it burgundy, merlot, bordeaux or even sangria, deep red wine shades were super popular with designers in New York and featured in coats and silky separates alike.  Alexander Wang’s distinctive burgundy coat with a lacquered finish drew admiring glances while Christan Sirano’s ladylike collection included a silky skirt and blouse combo with lovely gold highlights.  Accessorise this look with matching burgundy tights.  Jonathan Aston’s 40 denier tights in classic burgundy or ruby will be perfect.  Alternatively, choose complementary shades of brown, red or purple.   For evening, take a leaf out of Christian Sirano’s book and accessorise with hints of gold for a luxurious look.  Pamela Mann’s Lurex Highball Gold

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Tights will add texture under silks as well as a glamorous metallic look.

One of the first fashion rules I learnt was that you should never wear black and navy together.  Time to unlearn that one as black and blue combos were rife at New York Fashion Week.  Preen concentrated on layers of black and varying shades of blue but it was at DKNY that we saw the most blatant disregard for the rules.  A short silk skirt and cosy jumper in navy blue were teamed with thick black tights in just one of many blue/black combinations.  No doubt I’ll have come to terms with this colour combination by September and will be sporting it like a pro.  For now I’m not so sure.

White is a huge trend for this Spring Summer but it looks set to continue into Autumn Winter.  I absolutely fell in love with Derek Lam’s white cable knit jumper over a flowing, floor length chiffon skirt.  Such an elegant look.   Winter white looks best in wool as this will stop you from looking too summery. Choose ribbed tights like Falke’s Soft Merino Wool Ribbed Tights in Wool White or thick over knee socks like Jonathan Aston’s Long Wool Mix Boot Sock in ivory.

New York Fashion Week is generally regarded as the more commercially savvy of the fashion weeks so it is a good indicator of what we will all be wearing next year.  Don’t forget though that London Fashion Week (which has a reputation for being a little more “out there”) follows hot on the perfectly balanced heels of New York.  Next week look out for our take on the trends this side of the pond.


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Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Surprise Someone Special this Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day should be a day of lovely surprises.  Whether you are treating someone to a special gift or you are planning your own outfit for an evening of seduction – hosiery is an essential part of the package.  Whether you are buying lingerie for that special someone or you are buying for yourself, don’t forget to complete the look with our range of Stockings, Hold ups and Suspender belts.

Vintage is in vogue and there is nothing sexier than stockings and suspenders.  If you have never tried stockings and a suspender belt before, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give them a whirl.  Men simply adore them and they certainly make you feel glamorous and desirable.   Mark my words, real stockings are going to make a mainstream comeback in the next few months so we’ll be doing everything we can to encourage you to be bold with this trend.  Until Valentine’s Day we will be offering a free Jonathan Aston suspender belt when you order two pairs of stockings, tights or hold ups from Jonathan Aston’s Vintage Legs Collection, simply add both pairs & the suspender belt to your basket and the discount will be applied at the checkout.  The suspender belt is made in stretch satin and comes in four gorgeous colours so you can match them to that sexy new underwear set.  They come in a sweet littl

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e heart shaped box so they make a lovely gift alongside a pair of Jonathan Aston’s Seam and Heel Lycra Stockings.  Treat yourself or someone else to a classic look that evokes the vintage glamour of yesteryear.

If you have selected a pretty, lacey underwear set, team it with a gorgeous pair of lace top hold ups for a seductive and feminine look.  Falke’s Seidenglatt Hold Ups have a wide band of delightfully decorative lace at the mid thigh.  Being from Falke they are also outstanding quality and they look and feel gorgeous with their sophisticated high shine look.  They are available in red and off white as well as traditional black and nude shades so again, you can match them up or choose colours to complement that knicker and bra set.

If lace is a little too girly for you, you can create a stronger, sleeker look with a pair of plain top hold ups. Black underwear looks especially seductive and powerful with a pair of plain top opaque hold ups like Wolford’s Velvet de Luxe 50 Stay Ups.  Teamed with stilettos this look is simple, sexy and in control.

Opaque hold ups are also a great option if you are at all self conscious about your legs.  They’ve provide that flattering, extra coverage you get from your usual opaque tights but in an altogether more alluring style.

If you are giving lingerie as a gift this Valentine’s Day, making the effort to choose the right hosiery to go with it is a must.  She’ll know you have really thought about the whole look and that is guaranteed to earn you some extra brownie points!   If you are at all unsure then don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and our expert customer service team will be more than happy to advise you on styles, sizing any other queries you might have.


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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Henry Holland in Vogue!

The February Issue of Vogue may be slightly ahead of us with its Spring/Summer fashion shoots, but recently we’ve noticed bikinis and sunglasses creeping back onto the high street so we’ve decided to embrace it.  In fact, with the snow disrupting our travel and our house being colder than the inside of a fridge, pictures of blue skies and deckchairs are exactly what we need.

And THEN we spotted the Henry Holland Knee Highs nestling in between the couture clothes and high end jewellery!  At just £7.50 a pair, the socks aren’t exactly designer prices but the bold design from order generic cialis” target=”_blank”>Henry Holland has found favour with the fashion elite.

Available in pretty ice cream shades like pale pink and pastel green, they have a summery feel to them and will go perfectly with your Riviera chic this spring.  You could even try layering over nude sheer tights now for a warmer version of the look.  Knee highs can be tricky to wear if you are conscious of your calves looking bulky but the vertical stripe design on these balances them out for super flattering accessorising.

Team them with white basics if your dare or your spring pastel colours, and retro accessories like stack heels, oversized sunglasses and statement necklaces.  You can wear them as normal knee high socks or push them down Vogue style, but beware – these are not the kind of suntan marks you want to get.

It’s not often something this cheap gets the stamp of approval from a fashion giant like Vogue, so snap these up quickly for a burst of sunshine in your winter wardrobe.


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Monday, February 6th, 2012

Jessie J on the Jonathan Ross Show

Our favourite hosiery queen was on the Jonathan Ross show this week, flaunting those pins in another Henry Holland creation.  So which pair of legendary Jessie J Tights were on display this time?  The I’m Laddered, of course – which seem to be rapidly becoming her favourites.  She’s been spotted wearing them so many times we’ve lost count – with everything from sailor caps to sequin basques and even in the video for her latest single, Domino.

For the Jonathan Ross show she teamed them with black boots, denim cut offs, a midriff-baring black t-shirt and heavy duty golf chain.  Happily chatting to Jonathan about her success, she expressed her sympathy for fellow songstress Adele, who has been off the radar since undergoing vocal chord surgery last year.

We just about managed to drag our eyes away from David Beckham, who was also a guest on the show, to watch Jessie in an awesome performance of Domino at the end of the show, where she showed off her tights to their maximum advantage.

Get the look and snap up a pair of the Henry Holland I’m Laddered Tights for just £12 while stocks last, or browse the rest of our range of fashion tights for statement legs just like Jessie!


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