The stocking trend has been coming onto us like a perv in a singles bar. There was the Underwear As Outwear trend that heralded lingerie-like tops and dresses all over the place, while reminding us all too well that less is more. No one wants to see you wearing underwear in public, I mean, not really. It takes a skilled and sensible girl to wear a bra in public without looking like she’s on a bad hen-do. Cue stockings; one is never tempted to wear such things on their own. Seen already, of course, in Gaga’s latest visual venture, they’re now hitting the red carpet; Kylie Minogue, officially an Older Woman, keeps it decidedly demure with a black dress that splits to show her sexy details, while really being a very long and elegant choice. Oh, though she did spice it up with the cuffs.
Lily Allen pumps up the glam-factor with the burlesque spin on stockings; her giant pants and glittering fringed jacket are very showgirl; at the same time, the opaque black and stilettoes flatter her figure, showing of the Less is More school, Allen is an A-grade student. Our girl Alice Dellal went all out punk princess – her Alexander McQueen dress might be as full on print as you can get, but she’s given it an extra va-va-voom with black fishnets, a spiky bangle and punktabulous heels. The pulled back hair works both to balance the look with some simplicity and to rebel against the usual red carpet ettiquette – only a punk would concentrate on accessories and hoisery and not her floor-length gown and hair and makeup. She looks smokin’ hawt!