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high hopes

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Heels

Buyers look to Brazil for playful pieces with a healthy dose of sex appeal, but Sao Paulo Fashion Week also has a strong avant-garde tradition, especially with accessories. This season has seen fantastic footwear from a slew of designers, with the trend pointing toward futuristic stilettos, with studded, holographic, and cubist treatments trumping all the rest. Alexandre Herchcovitch (above), Fause Haten, and Animale in particular had their girls on pins and needles, with dangerously high heels. The next month and a half will tell whether the trend has legs beyond Brazil, but regardless of the news New York and Europe bring, these shoes look set to be some of the season’s best.

leg work

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Stockings

Olivier Theyskens has been experimenting with hosiery since he landed at Nina Ricci, showing dégradé leggings that shaded from nude to violet, or playing with opacity so it looks like the ribbons of ballerina slippers crisscross up the calves. For his pre-fall collection, he took things a playful step further, adding Marilyn Monroe and Dita Von Teese-style beauty marks to opaque tights near the knee or at the ankle. He wasn’t the only gams man at work yesterday, either. At Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton presentation, the models strutted out in ribbed legwarmers stitched to the backs of their patent leather pumps. All the leg action has us itching to ditch our winter boots. For more news and trends from pre-fall, see our complete coverage.

Photo: Kevin Sturman/Firstview

rake’s progress

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At the pre-fall presentations, Spring’s blooms are giving way to autumn foliage. A photograph of ice-covered leaves inspired Paulo Melim Andersson to develop his own frosty print at Chloé. Another appeared at Louis Vuitton, where Marc Jacobs played with nature, changing fall’s red, orange, and yellow palette into a purply one (above). For more on the pre-fall trends, don’t miss our complete
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Photo: Kevin Sturman/Firstview

getting a leg up

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Clockwise from top left: A.P.C. openwork tights, $61, available at A.P.C., NYC, (212) 966-9685 and www.apc.fr. Wolford Polar black tights, $68, available at Wolford, NYC, (212) 327-1000. Look from London animal-print tights, $20, available at www.lookfromlondon.com. Fogal Pearls pantyhose, $67, available at Fogal, NYC, (212) 355-3254.

‘Tis the season to bundle up. And that means breaking out the thick and wooly tights. Normally, we favor plain ole black opaques—such as the luxuriously plush Wolford pair shown here, with barely perceptible pinstripes. But we’ve also found a few options that reach further afield in color and texture. Go ahead, experiment. You’ve got nothing to lose but cold ankles.

Photo: Steven Torres

the skinny on wide legs

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Having grappled with the skinny vs. wide-leg jeans dilemma for several months now—if Kate Moss can’t decide, who can?—we decided to check in with J Brand, the company beloved by Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood types for its various skinny styles. “You don’t have to give up one for the other,” said Tara Rudes, who heads up the brand’s East Coast sales operations. “At J Brand, we say it’s about your mood.” The company’s sales suggest that J Brand junkies are embracing wide styles with as much passion as they have for skinnies. The Doll, a high-waisted, wide-legged number (above), has been seen on Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson, while Moss has stepped out in Love Story, which is wide at the leg but lower on the waist. But can mere mortals pull off the look? “Anyone can wear them,” said Rudes. “My grandmother came in here and left with a pair of The Doll.”