It may seem far to early to be thinking about next season's hosiery, but the launch of DKNY's new collaboration with the stylist of Gossip Girl is a date worth bookmarking in your diary.
Eric Daman, who is the man behind Blake Lively and Leighton Meester's on-screen looks, has created a line of tights and over-the-knee stockings for the brand's fall collection.
The eight-piece range will feature myriad patterns and textures including jacquard, floral and polka dots.

Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman has designed a collection of legwear for DKNY

Legwear like Lively: Gossip Girl's costume designer, Eric Daman, has created a line of tights for DKNY
Mr Daman, 40, told WWD that DKNY was a natural partner for him, as he had used the label so much on Gossip Girl.
He said: 'I feel like I grew up with legwear in the Seventies and Eighties, and it’s great to see legwear being part of a woman’s ensemble, a defining piece of women’s ready-to-wear.
'Tights have really become part of a woman’s wardrobe.
Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman has designed a collection of legwear for DKNY
Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman has designed a collection of legwear for DKNY
Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman has designed a collection of legwear for DKNY
The thigh's the limit: The line also includes over-the-knee stockings in different textures and prints
Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman has designed a collection of legwear for DKNY
Good foundations: The stylist said that legwear was an important part of a woman's wardrobe

'Hosiery is quite sexy. What we try to do in Gossip Girl is lots of texture. It makes the characters come alive… It gives a character like Blair life when she’s wearing a pencil skirt with distressed rib tights. It gives her look something special.'
While the designer couldn't promise that the legwear would make the wearer's legs look like those of Blake Lively, he added that fans could get the look by layering over-the-knee stockings with an opaque tight, or nude hosiery beneath a textured, patterned tight.

Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl
Get the Gossip Girl look: Mr Daman regularly dresses the hit show's stars Blake Lively (left), Leighton Meeter (centre) and Jessica Szohr (right) in DKNY legwear
Dresses to impress: Mr Daman wanted to make sure there was something for every shape, style and taste
Organic: Mr Daman said DKNY was a natural partner, as he had used the label so much on Gossip Girl

Mr Daman said he did now know if his designs would feature on a future episode of the show though.
'If it’s apropos and works organically with the show, I will [feature the tights],' he added.
The packaging will be unique to the collaboration, referencing New York City with illustrations by artist Dallas Shaw.
This is not the first time Mr Daman has collaborated with a label. 
Earlier this year he created a line of prom dresses for budget brand Charlotte Russe.
The costume designer, who began his career as a model and once worked alongside Kate Moss, is often consulted by the writers of Gossip Girl for ideas.
He said in an interview with the New York Post: 'The styling and the clothes is the coat of arms that enable the actors to become the characters.'
The Eric Daman for DKNY collection, which will be priced from $15 to $24, is due to go on sale in the U.S. this month at Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and DKNY boutiques, as well as

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I found some very interesting printed tights the other day and I was wondering if they’re still considered cool for this upcoming summer. Because, as we all know, printed tights rocked the catwalk (and the fashblogosphere) last fall.
These printed tights were imagined and made by Studio m + o (Olivier Gonnet and Marion Dubois, a French designers duo behind the brand “Les Queues de Sardines”). And even so, fashionable or not, could you wear tights with printed eyes on? 

Oringina xo
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I stumbled across this look on chictopia today and thought these love tights were fantastic so i had to share :)
I tracked them down to buy here:
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Seeing spots - a DIY

it is no secret that i am obsessed with tights. they are one of the few things i really love about winter, a so-called accessory that basically take the place of pants for me for a couple months of the year (when paired with a good pair of seamless thermal long underwear.) i've spoke of my admiration for bebaroque before, and today i decided it has been way too long since i posted a DIY on here. which, i guess, brings me to thing two i love about this time of year - being cooped up in the apartment leads to forced creativity. i've thought for awhile i'd like to try my hand at a pair of modified tights, and i thought this would be an easy way to test out the idea.



one pair of tights (i used some old ones of my mom's, passed down to me a couple years ago; i know they've held up for 15 years or so, so they have to be pretty resilient to the elements)
some embossing powder
an embossing heat tool (a hot hair dryer might work. . . i haven't tested it, though, so i make no promises.)
stamps or an embossing pen

i'm a major craft nerd, so i have all this stuff just lying around my apartment, leftover from my major card-making days. my original idea was to try some stamps, but when i looked through mine they all seemed way too card-specific: a christmas tree, a star of david, the words "you're invited," (which would just be wrong on tights, i think.) i may try to scout some cool stamps and try again on another pair soon.

start by finding something to pull the tights over - something approximately the size and shape of your leg. i put a lot of my pantry ingredients in big glass jars, so i had a nice long one that was pretty much the exact shape of my thigh. stretch one tight leg over this, paying attention to how far down you pull it, and making sure to draw on the front side of the tights.

so, i just used an embossing pen and drew a really simple design down them - vertical stripes, about 3 or 4 at a time. draw it over a few times, then stop, pour some embossing powder over the ink, and snap the tights a couple of times to free the extra powder - make sure you do all this with a piece of paper underneath, so you can save and reuse the reserve. i swear i've had the same little jar of embossing powder since i was about 12.

continue until you've got it as long as you want, doing a few inches at once, stopping, adding powder, loosening the extra and using the heat tool to emboss it. be careful not to leave the heat stationary on one part of the tights - they are pretty resilient (at least, mine were,) but they'll burn little holes if you give them too much.

and voila! clearly a first-time effort, and far from perfect, but i'm pretty happy with the results. very hand-drawn, to be sure, but the possibilities seem endless. i want to try stamps, and sewing on them - maybe this weekend if it stays this cold.


worn with

marc my marc jacobs tunic, nordstrom's (courtesy of stylefind*)
shorts: mary meyer
tights: DIY'd
shoes: nine west
necklace: blueberi (small store in DUMBO)

(* stylefind is a new site that is kind of gilt group meets net-a-porter: a wonderful selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, carefully chosen by the editors of instyle. they also offer a daily exclusive discount, and collect special offers from around the web for you to check in one place: what online stores are offering free shipping, discounts, etc. a highly recommend from me.)

i have another idea for a DIY i want to try later this week, so stay tuned!

stay warm out there!

xo audrey


Featured blogger Maria G

How do you get your inspiration for the outfits you wear ?
Mostly from other bloggers, also from magazines, even from people at TV, but most of the times I dress the way I imagine myself


Who has had the biggest fashon influence on your outfits ?
I get influenced by many things, I like to mix colurs and textures, lately I've 'discovered' grey color, I wasn't a big fan of it and now I love it.


What blogs and websites do you follow and why ?
I love lots of blogs, I try to read them everyday, some of my favourites are Jewel Style, Sisters and Dresses, Doe Deere Blogazine, Karla's closet,.. some of them are Spanish.


Would you describe yourself as a trendsetter or fashion follower ?
Oh no! Im not a trendsetter! ;) but that would be nice! also, I don't consider myseld a fashion follower, I mean, I don't wear all what is in fashion if I don't like it, I wear things I feel comfortable with and make me feel good, even if they're not in fashion, but I also like to see what's in fashion of course.


How would you describe your style ?
I think I don't have a style, one day I can dress very girlie, next day I can look rockier, next day more classic,.. I like to change! it's weird but I don't have a style I think.


Does the hosiery you wear dictate the clothes,outfit you wear ?
Sometimes it does, sometimes I have a tights I desesperately want to wear for the first time and then make the rest of the outfit according to them



How do you choose your hosiery ?
Just what I like, if I see it and I like it I buy it, I don't think how will I wear them, I just buy them and then decide ;)


Where do you shop for hoseiry ?
Calcedonia, Primark, local stores, internet,..


What was the last item of hosiery you brought, how much you spent etc ?
flowered tights, love them!!



Do you prefer sheer or opaque tights,stockings or holdups,socks or kneehighs,sheer toe or reinforced ?
I love all kind of tights, I mostly own opaque tights, but I love patterned tights too.



When do you wear hosiery,daily-once a week etc ?
Very often!! I love dresses and skirts


What are your style tips for wearing tights ?
Make them match with the rest of the outfit, but also, sometimes, wear them totally opposite the rest of the outfit to make a contrast.


Do you keep a spare pair of tights in your bag ?
No! but I should!


The best and worst things about hosiery, Love-hate ?
Tights for example can change a whole outfit! I have a big collection ;)




Do you recycle your tights ?
No, I confess I don't, but I'm gonna think about that, sounds good!