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Do You Say “Yes” Or “No” To Elaborate Hose?

A cold front is finally supposed to hit New York this weekend, and bare legs simply won’t fly for those of us who don’t employ a personal driver. Opaque tights are already a staple in most women’s winter wardrobes, but lately, designers and tastemakers have been experimenting with hose that go above and beyond basic black. See: Francesco Scognamiglio’s lacy Spring lineup or Oscar de la Renta’s pre-fall show, not to mention the luxury legwear label Fogal, which toasted its new Madison Avenue flagship boutique on Tuesday night.

“Unique hosiery accentuates the skin to an entirely new level,” said Jean Paul Gaultier, whose Spring catwalk featured the designer’s new lingerie collaboration with La Perla. “Stockings use the skin and natural shape of the body as a canvas to create an allure for the entire outfit, tying the whole look together.”

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW, and let us know how you’ll be wrapping your legs in the coming months.

—Brittany Adams,

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