A show of legs

Frenchman Jean-Paul Gaultier’scontribution to next season’sautumn/winter wear.

Do you remember the film Flashdance, which made leggings all the rage in the 1980s? And then, there was the Jane Fonda workout video, which again made tights and leggings de rigueur. 

In the fashion world it’s almost certain that what goes around comes around, so it’s no surprise that leggings and tights are back.  

This time round, they’re seen in high fashion and not in the tacky workout clothes that were so popular 20 years ago. And they’re everywhere on the catwalks in fall/winter shows for 2006/07. 

And why would our women want to don such sweaty affairs in our hot tropical climate, you ask? Well, it does make sense when you think about it as it fits in with our culture of covering up and modesty.  

After hitting the gym, throw over something for your night out! Anyway, it’s the fashion statement for the season so if you’re a trendy-Wendy, just go with the flow. 

Take a peak at the slinky legs of the animal sometimes called the clotheshorse – she is decked in pink tights paired with an animal print dress, courtesy of Gucci. French designer Christian Lacroix practically has all his models out in tights from striking red to ocean blue.  

And let’s be Franck, his fellow Frenchman Sorbier adds a touch of the whimsical to his models with an outfit that suggests that one should be doing the Charleston.  

How does one keep well covered and yet go nude?  

Italian Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy seems to have found the solution. Check out the nude tights that complement the polar bear outfit he has fashioned.  

Another Frenchman, FranckSorbier, came up with this design.

Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika falls for the same trap and his model gets caught in the fishnet while doing the nude-streak with her legs. And the ocean still retains its charm for him as he crafts a sea-anemone creation paired with three-quarter leggings.  

Chanel’s maestro Karl Lagerfeld gives a leg up to his creations with the use of leggings, too. And, you wonder why they still try and swim the English Channel to get to the other side and knock on Chanel’s door in Paris? 

Paired with high heel stilettos, leggings also give a distinction to the Portuguese Felipe Oliveira Baptista outfit. Now, if Cristiano Ronaldo had worn this outfit in the World Cup semis, it would have made the French defenders stop dead in their tracks; he could have scored and they could have gone on to the finals! 

But enough about football, while many of the designers got into the game the crazy Frenchman known universally as Jean-Paul Gaultier didn’t allow anything to overshadow his designs.  

Check out his outfit fit for the ski-slopes – if you’re a novice, the hairdo might very well cushion the impact when you hit a tree. 

Time to stop talking and walk the talk – in tights or leggings – your choice.  

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