While we don't style ourselves to be fashionistas here at The Nylon Gene, we do pay attention when we get word that some of the leading names in the Paris fashion world are incorporating legwear into their men's line. I was given a 'heads up' to check the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2010 lineup and sure enough, here it is...
We've seen legwear, sometimes even in the form of sheer 'pantyhose' in past fashion shows for men's lines--such as Jean Paul Gaulthier. But those tend much more toward the bizarre end of the fashion spectrum, and don't always do anything to advance the concept of men's legwear in the direction that we would have it go here at The Nylon Gene.
And, of course, none of the outfits you'll see at the linked site are likely to be showing up on the streets in your hometown anytime soon either. On the other hand, at least these outfits are in the same universe that we live in. So, the interesting item is that at least six out of 36 of these outfits feature some sort of legwear. Photo 9, which appears above, has some sort of semi-opaque tights paired with knee-length shorts. The others (see Nos. 14, 17, 24, 26 and 36 of 36 on the linked site) all have opaque black tights worn with some sort of knee-length pants. The overall trend of the entire line seems to be leaning heavily away from the ultra-baggy look that was in vogue for so many years, and towards a leaner, more form fitting style.
Now, before you start pointing out my utter lack of credentials for commenting on high fashion, just let it be said that I'm only making layman observations here. It seems that the fashion world is a 'leading indicator' of the general style of things many of the rest of us might be wearing in say, five years or so. That being said, it would appear that legwear such as tights and the like may become much more evident even without what we are doing at ACTIVSKIN, and talking about here on The Nylon Gene.
P.S., While visiting the men.style.com site to see the Givenchy pics, it might be of interest also to check out the Duckie Brown line, too. Probably a third of them feature knee length shorts and footless black tights.