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A MyTights Experience: London Fashion Weekend

In January, I abandoned my home in freezing cold Minnesota—located in the United States—and travelled to a fast-paced city consumed with fashion. In a little over two months, London has made me obsessed with staying updated on popular and upcoming styles. This was especially apparent after London Fashion Week.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a designer and a trend catwalk and interning at MyTights has possessed me to find tights to accompany these upcoming trends!

pink-floral-tightsDuring the designer catwalk show, I watched Maria Grachvogel’s garments float down the runway. They were very feminine, made with chiffon and consumed with bold neutrals (especially brown) and pastel colours. The dresses and tops were also a bit oversized and flowy, which actually accentuated femininity.  I think that the Wolford Sheer 15 Tights would correspond perfectly with chiffon and flowy garments because they are very fine and mimic the sheer look of chiffon.

I also attended a trend catwalk. In this show, there were three specific trends that were highlighted for the spring and summer season. I’ll give you a hint- they were titled “Flower Power”, “Good Sport” and “Precious Metals”.

The first trend “Flower Power” featured—you guessed it—big and bold flowers. Pamela Mann Ditsy Pink Floral Tights are patterned with floral and summer colours.  The Jonathan Aston Poppy Hold Ups and Jonathan Aston Rosy Tights (I would recommend the nude ones) are also bold, but create a twist on this upcoming trend with the flowers embedded into them.stardust-glitter-seams

The second trend, “Good Sport”, was inspired by sports and athletics. The colours included vibrant orange, red, white and blue, and the designs  used geometric shapes and were paired with tennis shoes. The Charnos Stripe Mesh Tights subtly mimic the look of a referee’s shirt, which can carry-on the sporty look with any garment, but especially an athletically enthused one.

The last trend, “Precious Metals”, included metallic pleats—especially gold. The Trasparenze Charter Hold Ups and the Pamela Mann Lurex Highball Tights will help you shimmer into the summer trend. The Jonathan Aston Stardust Tights also add a hint of this trend in the seam without being consumed by it, which is a great way to include this trend into your wardrobe for daytime.

I can’t wait to whip out my trendy tights this summer and I hope sharing my experience will help you embark on a summer full of fashion!

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When Grunge Meets Glam!

The preening and prepping of London Fashion Week has come and gone, so it’s time for fashion to take a break from all things proper and show off its rebellious side!

Whilst pencil skirts and kitten heels are having their moment in the trend spotlight right now, we haven’t abandoned our punk roots. From leather to worn in denim, we can’t help but indulge in a slightly messier ensemble once in a while, and everything gets a dose of attitude – from our makeup right down to our hosiery.

We’re in love with

this grungy-glam tribute, featured in today’s The Sun. Demonstrating that punk and pretty can go hand in hand, they’ve teamed punchy neon shades with faded denim, with plenty of spikey accessories to boot. Naturally, no punk inspired outfit can be complete without a signature cross pattern, so our Pamela Mann Opaque Cross Tights take centre stage. Great for adding a pinch of attitude, you can choose to show your patterned tights off in a flirty hemline. For the more demure amongst us, wear underneath a simple black shirt dress, stepping into heeled ankle boots for a subtle punk style that’s office-friendly too! Remember to add at least one bright accessory though, keeping your ensemble stylish rather than somber.

If you fancy taking your newly found grunge persona out in the evening, go for the sheerer Pamela Mann Sheer Crosses Tights. Sexy and subtle, team these with killer heels and a leather skater skirt, adding a bold lip for a colour pop. For those who still adore suspender tights, the Pamela Mann Cross Suspender Tights are just the ticket, with an opaque mock suspender that works to provide coverage from the chill, whilst the sheerer top part reveals a glimpse of skin.

And for when the sun comes out? Okay, so we’re not counting on this anytime soon, but when it does decide to turn up, we’ve got our sunshine-friendly punk style down to a tee. Add fishnet socks to a circle skirt to toughen it up, or team our Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks with a chunky flatform. With every colour of the rainbow available, there’s no excuse to not collect them all! For those DIY fans, why not try adding studs to the top of your ankle socks, for a look that Vivienne Westwood, queen of punk couture would be proud of?

So neglect those kitten heels for a moment ladies, and make way for leather, denim and attitude!

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Fashion Week Round Up: Eyebrows, Hidden Cameras and Hosiery!

A month of fabulous fashion and gorgeous shows comes to an end today, and what a month it’s been…

First thing’s first, I don’t think catwalk fashion has ever been as accessible as it has this year. As more and more designers embrace the opportunity to streamline their live catwalks online, Topshop Unique took things one step further by sending their models down the runway with a camera!

Model mania snatched a few headlines too, as Cara Delevigne and those infamous eyebrows kept photographers snap happy

inside and outside shows, whilst catwalk veteran Kate Moss took centre stage at the Louis Vuitton show in Paris.But eyebrows and hidden cameras aside, what really caught my attention was of course, the hosiery on show. From cosmopolitan New York to sundrenched Milan, designers everywhere relied on leg wear to add the finishing touches to their AW13 collection, and we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop to help you get a head start!

Thigh’s the Limit

I’m pretty sure one of the Ten Fashion commandments reads ‘If Chanel says it’s okay, it’s okay’. Unveiling their new AW13 collection at Paris Fashion Week, fashion guru Lagerfeld showed us that leather and flirty hemlines do mix – thanks to a little help from some handy sheers and clever socks. Fashioning thick over the knee socks from the fashion house’s signature tweed fabric, the extreme look of the leather was instantly softened, with sheers providing pins with coverage from the inevitable winter chill. It seems Missoni shares the same sentiment too, as thighs were celebrated with some rather gorgeous mock hold up tights. Made from the same loose knit that launched the label into the limelight and teamed with yet more over knee boots, I suddenly find myself perceiving Puss In Boots in a very different light. To show off your pins and your beloved boots, make like Chanel and layer your sheers with some thick socks. I love the Jonathan Aston Long Wool Mix Boot Socks for this. With two season appropriate shades, you can pull yours right up for more coverage or scrunch them down to show off a glimpse of your sheers. Love the layered look but want the style fuss-free? Introduce the Pretty Polly OTK Modal Secret Socks Tights into your wardrobe. Truly the cheats way to layering, these tights combine sheers and socks all in one, which means getting

ready in the morning is a complete breeze.

Oh So Sheer!

This is perhaps one for those tricky transitional months, whilst there’s still a smattering of green left on trees and you’re still getting away with that lightweight jacket. Taking the lead, PPQ showcased their colourful new collection in London, relying on black sheers to bring ladylike glamour to the table. Provided exclusively by us, the sheer tights had a slight shine to their appearance, adding that luxurious polished touch. From control top to extra tall, there is a pair for all legs. To get the exact PPQ style, go for the Aristoc Ultra Shine 10D Tights. Ideal for those boardroom-to-bar days, these are the ultimate weekday staple. If you crave a little more control, add the Charnos Killer Figure Hourglass Control Tights to your basket, to streamline your figure in secret! Shh!

Colour Wheel

Offering a much needed respite from the sea of sombre blacks & greys that made an appearance on catwalks, colour blocking came into full swing during New York Fashion Week. I love injecting a colour pop into outfits with my tights, and it seems that Kate Spade feels the same way. In keeping with the sugary sweet designs (quite literally – with doughnuts making an appearance on jumpers!), hosiery was kept playful and cheeky, with plenty of patterns and rosy hues.  Plenty of appreciation was shown for bubblegum pink and quite rightly too. Both feminine and fun, a pair of pink opaques will instantly lift any outfit – the Pamela Mann 3D 50 Opaque Tights in Flo Pink are great for this, as are the Jonathan Aston 40D Coloured Opaques in Fuchsia.

Meanwhile, across the pond in London, Jasper Conran made sure to fly the flag for colour, serving up an aesthetically pleasing colour palette of mustards, violets and pinks. If the idea of going head-to-toe in one shade scares you a little, leave your legs to do all the talking for you. For an outfit that will cut the mustard, team that trench coat with the Pamela Mann 3D 50 Denier Tights in, well, mustard. Keep the rest of your ensemble fairly neutral, adding a fedora hat for a chic city feel (helpful for hiding your hair from the rain too!). Partial to a bit of purple? From plum to grape, the options are endless. Treat your legs to a pair of the Andrea Bucci Lycra Fusion Opaques in Plum and secure your fashion brownie points pronto.

Pretty in Patterns

My hosiery drawer would not be complete without print & patterned tights, so I am more than thrilled that come this autumn that section of my drawer will be embraced by high streets & magazine pages. From the timeless back seam at Temperley London, to the infectiously cute heart print at Burberry, there’s no excuse not to treat your wardrobe to a pattern shopping spree. To earn your title as Polka Dot Princess, make like Kate Spade and invest in both small and oversized dots. For great value and versatility, you can’t beat the Pamela Mann Sheer Dots Tights. If you’re lusting after a little luxury, the Wolford Dolly Dots Tights are just the ticket. Can’t wait until next season? Fulfill your polka dot needs now with the super fun Trasparenze Bubbles Tights, complete with punchy neon pops for that fresh spring style.


…And breathe! Hopefully that will leave you enough food for thought when the time comes to update your wardrobe for a new season…only 191 days until the next one…



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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 MyTights.com 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

, 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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Move over mustard: London Fashion Week Heralds a Yellow Dawn

Mustard might be the colour of the season right now but, come spring, it will be making way for its brighter, sunnier cousin – yellow.  Last week, I wrote about orange being a key colour trend from New York Fashion Week.  Well if the catwalk shows at this week’s London Fashion Week are anything to go by yellow is also going to be huge for Spring Summer 2012.  Expect to be slipping into citrus brights next season to give your wardrobe the sunniest of palettes.

Asish brightened up the catwalk with bold sunflower prints on a striped, sequined background  – I just love this edgy way to do summer.   London Fashion Week stalwart Nicole Fahri showed off a relaxed and sporty collection which relied heavily on combinations of daffodil yellow and white.   Crisp white and sunny yellow is such a fresh and summery colour combination and very easy to integrate into your wardrobe when spring rolls around.  Jonathan Aston’s 40 Denier Opaque Tights in daffodil are also just the right shade of yellow tights to combine with paler shades and white for that sporty look.

Emilio de la Morena mixed acid yellow with sheer knits and chiffons in pale lilac.  It’s a colour combination that has been growing on me the more I think about it and urging me to try combining Jonathan Aston’s 15 denier sheer coloured tights in which give just the right shade of lilac tights to wear with a bright yellow dress or skirt.  Jonathan Saunders has given us extra colour inspiration with his combinations of yellow and pale blue and very pale pink.

London Fashion Week darling Christopher Kane also got in on the act with his iridescent shift dresses with a yellow gold and silver floral print while fashionista’s favourite Louise Gray made sure her incredible prints were highlighted with lashings of bright yellow.

Do experiment with colour combinations using the soft pastel colours of Jonathan Aston Sheer Coloured Tights or give your look a sporty dash with white and yellow highlights. Mustard will have its time again no doubt, but Spring Summer 2012 looks set to be all about its cheery cousin yellow.  Can’t wait!


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Pastel Punks and distressed fishnets at House of Holland

In a collection that Henry Holland reportedly described as “pastel punk”, the House of Holland has again exhibited another critically acclaimed collection this London Fashion Week.  The House of Holland catwalk show is always the one to watch in the MyTights office – it isn’t often that we get a catwalk show that shows us EXACTLY what we will be selling next season!

Hosiery was again an integral part of the show with some interesting layering of distressed fishnet tights in pastel colours.  Wide net fishnet tights were ripped to show off smaller nets underneath – this is probably about as “pastel punk” as it gets!  Fishnet socks were also teamed with feminine pastel skirts and snakeskin clogs.

I’ve remarked before that fishnet seems to be having a bit of a revival.  Henry Holland is a designer with his finger firmly on the fashion pulse so I guarantee if you haven’t yet succumbed to the lure of the fishnet you will have before 2012 is out.

The rest of the collection was dominated by a bold and interesting print that is part cow and part oversized animal print.  I’m not doing it justice but I would like to register my plea to Henry Holland to put this print on some tights!

I love this collection that is changing my preconceptions of how to dress tough and streetwise.  Keep an eye out in the months ahead for the Spring Summer House of Holland Designs.  In the meantime, we’ve still got Henry Holland’s current collection of funky Bingo Balls, Crochet Prints and Alphabet Tights to keep us occupied until then.


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Henry Holland City Tights – As Seen on Agyness Deyn!

We have just received the Henry Holland City Tights! These sheer black tights feature iconic prints of all the fashion capitals landmarks! They remind of us the original Henry Holland Alphabet Tights, and what’s more Agyness Deyn was spotted wearing the New York tights at London Fashion Week! Plus if you’re a fan of X-Factor like us, you may have noticed Sophia from Belle Amie sporting a pair too!

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