Although I can't personally vouch for that last mental image, for the purposes of our Nylon Gene blog and it's loyal readers, I can share with you what the article has to say about the mantyhose trend...
And if you thought men in tights went out with bows and arrows, think again. Givenchy's spring 2010 collection featured mantyhose and the trend has been embraced for their warmth and the circulation boost they provide.
The online men's fashion magazine e-MANcipate.net even includes detailed photographic instructions to help men get into their mantyhose and avoid ladders ('runs' in U.S. lingo --SN.).
How about guy girdles to hold in the beer belly?
The designers at Australian company Equmen prefer to call it male compression wear; briefs and undershirts designed to lift, flatten and shape a bloke's body.
The range has been embraced internationally and is sold at outlets such as Saks Fifth Avenue in the US and Selfridges in the UK..."
[Follow link to read the full article.]
We've not seen a great deal of publicity about the male legwear trend for a few months, so reading this reference in the Herald Sun article was refreshing and reassuring that our previous efforts to increase awareness among the public and media outlets in the past has not been in vain.
Spring/Summer 2011 Collection (with a
little kilt action thrown in)
As with just about everything in the 'fashion industry' it's far removed from what the average 'bloke' on the street is going to be wearing. But it's also an indicator of the general shape of things in years to come. What starts out on the runway generally morphs into something similar, but realistic, before showing up here and there in general circulation. Obviously, since legwear has been showing up in men's fashion collections on more and more occasions, the idea that they aren't for men is evaporating.
And, as the Herald Sun article cited above asserts, that doesn't go hand in hand with guys becoming more feminine, either. One of the basic precepts of The Nylon Gene's message is that legwear (tights, sheer hose) have a legit place in male attire. Real men can, and do, wear hose.