This season, designers returned to some familiar themes with their hosiery and sock choices, but with fresh twists. Below are four legwear trends that stood out on the Milan runways this season:
1. Colorful Stems
Missoni and Pucci both incorporated solidly colored tights into their ensembles, matching them expertly with tone-on-tone heels for a retro-tinged colorblocking effect. But take note: The technique also has the effect of lengthening the legs. Meanwhile, at MSGM, opaque tights also added a fun pop to the collection, in the season’s favorite color: scarlet.
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2. All About Anklets
The anklet trend continues to resonate for the fall season, though in a range of incarnations. At Dolce & Gabbana, where a sensual boudoir feel was prevalent, the anklets were loose and sheer or fishnet, worn with classic black pumps (expected) or stuffed-animal slides (very much not expected). And at No. 21, designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua played with contrasts by pairing his jeweled satin heels with ribbed socks.
3. Flower Power
Where Gucci goes, many will follow — so get ready for some petals. Alessandro Michele’s latest collection for the storied label was a-bloom with floral patterns, from head to toe, including the legwear. There were multiple patterns for floral tights and leggings, but a particular standout was a delicate, embroidered fishnet look.
4. Going Toeless
One of the most interesting trends in the legwear market right now is the toeless look — imagine if anklets and legwarmers got together and had a sock baby. Both Stella Jean and Antonio Marras used this style to strong effect in order to draw attention to their bold, strappy heels.
Click through the slideshow to see more examples of these four trends:
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