Lurex Hosiery – What is Lurex Material?

May 24, 2013 under Style

LUREX MATERIAL

Lurex tights by Fiore – available at the shop section

Hosiery decorated with metallic yarn, or Lurex, is a common sight these days, especially around the holiday time when people want to put on every sparkling garment they possibly can.  But have you ever wondered, how did it come to be that metal became part of our garments?  I looked up some information that may help to understand what it really is.

 

Lurex material was invented in the 1940s and it is simply a combination of several types of synthetic yarns woven together with aluminium.  It is a thread like a thin strip of a shiny film of metal-like appearance.  In some dictionaries it says that the word Lurex can refer to the shiny material that consists of such threads.  Such yarn is added to the weave to create an effect of metallic shine.  But it is never used on its own because of its roughness and lack of durability.

 

Lurex is a trade mark of such metallic yarn.  It is produced in many countries and it is obtained from aluminium foil coated with a film or an emulsion to avoid oxidation.  In order to obtain different colours, a pigment is added.

 

DISCO DECADES OF LUREX

Such clothing, containing Lurex, was unusually popular during the disco decades of 1970s and 1980s.  The first one to demonstrate tops with addition of Lurex yarn was a designer Bill Gibb in 1970s.  In 1980s this yarn was a top fashion hit and such synthetic shine is the characteristic became associated with that time.

 

Lurex pantyhose may have it all over, or just a side pattern somewhere that sparkles and creates a certain party spirit.  If you decided to buy such pantyhose, it’s best to give some thought as to where you’ll wear it.  Perhaps it’s best to save for a disco outing.

 

LUREX DECORATED PANTYHOSE

Kasima pantyhose with lurex by FiorePerhaps it’s important to say that Lurex is not meant for not for indecisive and shy women or fans of minimalism in fashion.  This is a material that draws attention to the wearer and highlights the figure.

 

Also, it is interesting to note that Lurex is not a word that is strictly associated with female wardrobe.  Some Italian stylists offer a shiny sweater and classic cut pants as an evening outfit for men.  We’ll keep you posted if Italian machos will follow stylists’ recommendations.

 

The fashion of shiny garments seems to come back every now and then, so such clothing may very well be tomorrow’s new trend again.  It’s something that today we regularly see in evening dresses, scarves, hats, stockings, and so on.  Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Oscar de La Renta are just some of the designers who periodically demonstrate Lurex-decorated collections.

SUPER SHINY LUREX TIGHTS

Modeled by Thomas, a big hosiery fan from Austria.  His ultra-shiny pantyhose is beautiful, but he admits that he needs to wear another sheer pair underneath because otherwise it’s just too itchy.

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Digital Art by J. Aton: Even Wonder Woman Needs Run-Resistant Pantyhose

January 3, 2013 under Art

Even Wonder Woman has trouble finding run-resistant brands!  This painting of a Wonder Woman and her hosiery problems is by J. Aton.

You can see more work by Aton here: http://atondigitalart.blogspot.com/

Shiny Pantyhose Screensaver

November 27, 2012 under Photoshoots

Enjoy the screen saver!  Someone posted it on the forum for people to download, so I figured I’ll pass it on.  Just click on the image and it will open in higher resolution.

I love the stiletto heels this blondie is wearing and looking at this photo makes me want to do a nice sexy photoshoot myself with my shiny hose.

Pantyhose philosophies by Philippe Chevallier

September 11, 2012 under Art

One of our readers, Carl from the UK, sent me a link to this French amateur photographer who uses a simple camera to take photos of seamless pantyhose.  Philippe Chevallier admits to be a fetishist and says that his favourite is seamless Wolford Fatal, the shiny version – sadly, already discontinued.

He says that sexuality of stockings and garter belts is undisputed, but pantyhose is not commonly perceived the same way.  His mission is to show the beauty of pantyhose in a new way.  You can read his views on this topic here.

In general, in my opinion, I can say that this Philippe strength is in his philosophy of why pantyhose is in fact a sexual garment.  In terms of his pictures, I think that there is still a lot of technique to be mastered in order for it to actually do justice to what he is hoping to portray.

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Beyonce wears Wolford pantyhose

September 3, 2012 under Famous

I learned from the manager of Wolford in Toronto that Beyonce wears Neon 40 pantyhose in Gobi shade.  “It’s her colour!” – the lady said.  Looking at these images, you can see that it works great with her outfit.

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Trying on dark grey Wolford Pantyhose – Neon 40

April 22, 2012 under Wolford

These pantyhose were sent to me by my Canadian fan.  They are shiny, 40 denier, and very resistant.  Glorious Wolford Neon 40!

Here are some photos of me posing in them on the bed and at the grocery store.  Yes, that’s how I go grocery shopping!  Even for simple daily chores I prefer to look at least semi-decent.  In fact, at that grocery store I ran into probably at least 10 people from work, so I don’t want to look bad if that happens.

Thank you for sending them to me, my Canadian friend, they are very special!  This memory will stay with me forever of how I tried Wolford Neon 40 pantyhose.

Update at a later date:  I traveled with this pantyhose all over the world and let another model try it – she loved it!

 

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Brilliant Idea! What inspired Wolford shiny pantyhose, Versailles.

April 16, 2012 under Wolford

This shiny pantyhose has been inspired by a shiny candy wrap!

 Wolford Shiny Pantyhose Story

Inspiration and new ideas sometimes come from unexpected sources.  In 1990’s Wolford came out with Versailles – hosiery with a soft shine.

This idea came to the designer unexpectedly.  He came to a business meeting suffering from a cold and took out a cough candy.  As he unwrapped it, he was fascinated by the shine of the wrap from that lozenge.

As a result, in 1990’s super-sheer summer pantyhose were created.  They made the legs look as if they were bare.  Around the same time, Wolford also came out with a style for men.

This interesting fact about Wolford Shiny Pantyhose was presented by Voque magazine.

Below you can see a photo of Versailles pantyhose on a model from Fashion Tights UK.

Source: Russian Voque

This photo is a courtesy of Tights Fashion UK. The model is wearing Versailles by Wolford.

 

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop section.  Please indulge your pantyhose obsession and show some support for my work!  Your purchases make this blog possible.*

Trying on Wolford Pantyhose – Neon 40 in Gobi Shade

April 1, 2012 under Wolford

This was my first pair of Wolford Neon 40 pantyhose!  40 denier, shiny, Gobi shade.  I got it as a present from another Canadian pantyhose lover along with another pair in charcoal that I haven’t tried yet.

I was filled with anticipation to try it.  Such pantyhose costs a lot of money and it has never been in my price range to actually go ahead and buy.  A lot of people told me that it feels great and they were right.

As I was putting on that Neon 40 pantyhose, I even stopped half way just to pet it and to feel how smooth they were.  The fabric is really silky, elastic, and resistant to damage.

Thank you to my Canadian friend for sending it!  It is a gift of excitement, anticipation, thrill, and of course two great pairs of pantyhose that came with it.

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop section.  Please indulge your pantyhose obsession and show some support for my work!  Your purchases make this blog possible.*