I remember well the first time I did some shots of thigh-high boots.  They gave me a weird first impression.  I found them beautiful and trashy at the same time.  But it was so smooth the way they were worn that they remained a fond memory.

And then when I saw these Margiela thigh-highs on Carine Roitfeld, it was the unrelanting chicness with which she wore them that got me.

At the same time, Carine, it’s a little bit like the incarnation of porn chic, remember the 90s, Tom Ford, Gucci, bikini wax in the form of a G? Not too appalling after all.

I started slowly digesting the trend, slowly but surely getting a few pictures.  And then I saw a whole bunch on the runway, Rodarte had some, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Alaïa… And in a way all its own, Prada.  And then I starting seeing them on some of my favorite stylists.

So I said okay, yeah, it’s here now and it’ll be around, but never just everyday street wear.  They’re still pretty darn hard to wear all day!

Couldn’t be, but then yes.  Here’s a pair of thigh-highs worn in the most natural way in the world.  It’s funny, I don’t finally these in the least bit trashy.  Just nouveau, super sexy, and incredibly beautiful!


Otherwise, I wanted to give you the heads up that I’ll be speaking at a conference/debate this Tuesday, the 24th at the Grand Palais in Paris.  I’ll be surrounded by Fabienne Falluel, Anne-Valérie Hash and Guillaume Erner (Wow!).

The theme?  Fashion : fleeting cult or the quest for timelessness*

Oh man.  I get the feeling I’m going to be spending the entire weekend going over my notes…

So right quick, you can get in for free if you care to come check it out.  Just send a confirmation to Elizabeth Poste-Vinay at this address: mardis@grandplais.fr. For more info, click on Continue.

I would be entirely too pleased to meet all of you!  Bisou have a great weekend!

Translation : Tim Padraic Sullivan

*La mode : culte de l’éphémère ou recherche de l’intemporel?