Oroblu shows their A/W’13 collection – And still I prefer Black
It was only at a recent catwalk show showcasing premium Italian hosiery brand Oroblu’s A/W’13 to trade and press that I realised I was quite the conservative when it came to tights or even, when I’m being particularly on-the-edge, stockings. The latter often involves grappling around one’s thigh area much of the evening trying to stop the stay-up elastic from descending Nora Batty like to one’s knees. I’m sure many women will empathise. With tights, it’s simple. Black opaque or semi-opaque seems the norm and, once in a blue moon, a sheer. But that’s usually when I’ve had occasional lapses of taste.
In my time I’ve certainly rocked more than some attention grabbing legwear, largely in the 1980s and early ’90s when it was the done thing. Polka dots and strange squiggles aren’t quite the de rigeur choice come LFW for the last 20+ years. It was always Wolford that I leant on like a trusty friend, from their ultra luxurious seamed versions to their quirks in subtle diamante effect and their satin de luxe tights (all the range in the ’90s) where I owned every jewel shade as well as faithful liquid black.
Hosiery, it appears, after speaking to a buyer at a huge regional dept store, is the choice of the home counties woman when she wants to make a splash. The focus on legs and patterned or coloured legs at that, seems to be what she wants, regardless of what fashion currently dictates. So, the many choices at Oroblu’s recent show will certainly capture the imagination in the various House of Frasers’ and Jarrold type independents about the country.
From punchy block colours to monochrome stripes and vibrant geometric patterns, Oroblu has taken inspiration from the ’60s and ’70s. Details include ankle bows, bold silver streaks and jewelled embellishments. If that wasn’t daring enough, the younger diffusion label Miss Oroblu mixes ’80s statement prints with American ’50s style and features an array of bold printed legwear including bright tartan, graphic houndstooth and gothic inspired lace effect tights. At this point, I almost clutched my metaphorical smelling salts. “BUT WHERE’S THE NORMAL BLACK?,” I panicked.
Well, to please the myriad likes-of-me’s out there, Oroblu has a kit of all colours – 26 block coloured tights (including black, natch) as well as Oroblu Shaper, a sexy hi-tech shapewear collection.
There’s lots of selection at Oroblu and their counterparts in dept stores. But, the wall of black in various deniers still holds a trusty place in my heart. What about you?