Retro Runway: Patterned Hosiery

60s-era Mod references abounded during the F/W 12 runway season, triggering an exciting revival of one of the genre’s signature accessories: patterned hosiery!  From oversized houndstooth patterns to stripes, paisleys, and wallpaper motifs, bold prints added a bright punch to F/W 12 looks, often taken to the extreme à la Rudi Gernreich with head-to-toe (literally) pattern making an impact at House of Holland, Versace Versus, and more.

Below, a series of our favorite looks alongside period inspiration.  Long live crazy ‘hose.

House of Holland F/W 12; UK Vogue 1960s

Twiggy paper doll circa 1960s; Versace Versus by Christopher Kane F/W 12

Versace Versus by Christopher Kane F/W 12; Photo by John French circa 1960s

Paisley projection photo by John French circa 1960s; Issa F/W 12

Hermès F/W 12; Sharon Tate circa 1960s

circa 1960s; top left+bottom right, Fendi F/W 12; top right+bottom left, Rochas F/W 12 

circa 1960s; Issey Miyake F/W 12

Pierre Cardin circa mid-60s; Emilio Cavallini F/W 12

Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich circa mid-60s; Tsumori Chisato F/W 12
Pierre Cardin circa mid-60s; Meadham Kirchhoff F/W 12


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