I would guess that like me, many of you found your passion for Lingerie during your first exciting and near broke travel adventure to Europe. Laboring under shoulder straps, draped in denim, shod in sturdy boots, all grunge, no glam. In dispiriting contrast, there they were, the locals, heels skipping nimbly on cobblestones, hems well north of knee and legs shimmering with color, sheen, pattern and panache. And beside them, us, trudging, sheepishly wondering where the next laundry stop might be and merely praying we could figure out how to make the washing machine work.
I was captivated by the looks, the variety, and the proud, unselfconscious celebration of style and shape that women all over the map Vogued smartly here and there with through long days and longer nights. With the cities so well set up for pedestrians, their legs were well conditioned for walking, so toned and shapely. Revelatory, eye-opening, envy-making moments really, and me without the wardrobe to even get in the game. I did have enough cash on hand though to start my love affair and the beginnings of a grown up wardrobe. Couldn’t help myself really, and here I am today, drawers overstuffed and still very much in the clutches of my Euro-crush.
I am enjoying a little affair these days with a smoldering Italian marque with a sophisticated French name, Philippe Matignon. Philippe Matignon’s wonderful leg fashions are styled and fabricated in Mantua, situated in Lombardy. For those of you not well traveled in this part of the world, picture the shapely leg of Italy. Got it? Good. Mantua is situated at thigh top, dead center, precisely where you would fasten a garter strap to your nicest stockings. Great things were meant to happen here, clearly.
And bravissimo, they do! Today I will present a little rave on a hosiery look from Matignon that is always correct, and presently very current: Lace Floral Tights.
I have a good range of lacy tights in my wardrobe. It’s a pretty and versatile pattern that dresses up and down easily, gets taken seriously at work, and gets attention at play. Wear and win. What stands out to me about the Matignon entry, once drawn up and smoothed out is the amazingly intricate weaving.
The semi-sheer pattern lays a captivating light-play of intrigue on the map of one’s own leg from tip-toe to waist top. The patterns run from a gossamer, ultra-micro net to a geometric cross-hatched overlay, to expertly arranged autumnal leaves that all harmonize in a unique and gorgeous leggy tapestry. There is depth and dimensionality to the look, as though the tights are casting shadows and demanding a closer look. Illusion lace that lives up to the name indeed.
The band sits low and snug, below natural waist, is broad and smooth beneath clingy things. Toe and crotch seams are finished expertly, very much in line with expectations of a luxury range.
The fibers themselves have all the dimensionality too that Matignon puts into all of its work. They were pioneers in the use of 3D Lycra fiber, which has all the benefits of typical Lycra fit and resilience, but with a much cooler hand on your thigh – none of that vaguely tropical swelter that one can get in a long day in tights. They look great. Check. They feel great. Checkmate.
There is clearly a lot of technology and science at work here, and a good heap of business savvy too: Philippe Matignon uniquely makes everything in their ranges from scratch, like a great meal – yarn thread and all. This approach helps produce truly luxurious hosiery at price points more in range of more purses than other premier European vendors.
Many manly arts it seems have been nicely seduced into the service of feminine beauty here darlings. I so enjoy it when we so effortlessly get our way.
I now am faced now with a hosiery coin toss for New Year’s Eve. If you haven’t made up your mind yet and are looking for a pair of exclamation marks for your glittering fashion statement, I think you would be happy with this choice. A under $40, while not pocket change, they are a sound investment in your image. Now where to get them: Well there are direct flights to Milan from most major airports and the trains to Mantua run on time. But if you have family to see over the holidays and other places for your money to go, I am happy to refer you to a select clutch of online vendors that carry Philippe Matignon.
We introduced you to Peek Brooklynhere on Guilty Pleasures a couple of weeks ago. Peek is in the Matignon business too. Do a go-see of the Floral Lace Tights and the rest of their range here.
You might have clicked for knickers at Fresh Pair before. Who knew they had had such select hosiery ranges too? Lace Florals and other goodies can be found just over here.
You can also shop online directly with Philippe Matignon here. At the very least, take a minute to visit with them, sign up for their newsletters and keep on top of all of what’s new, now, and next in Italian hosiery.
Once you stride stylishly through your festive New Year’s celebration, you can expect to see a little more chit-chat about red hot hosiery strategies for Valentine’s Day featuring Philippe Matignon here. I am rather enjoying this new affair, and expect it to endure.
What is on your mind (and legs) for New Year? Your comments most welcomed here.