There really isn't that many places leggings can go.  Robo plated, metallic, wet-look, lace, embroidered, velvet devore, cut-outs, ripped, holographic, spandex, colour-blocked, all manner of graphic treatments.  It isn't such a sad conclusion so much as an acceptance that standout leggings are pretty much the norm and in demand.  Leggings only brands circulate around blogs in wave like motion and Costume Dept is no different.  

The thing is though, since sequins, prints, holographic/metallics etc have been seen before, it sort of renders Costume Dept's A/W 09 collection a little on the safe side.  I'm more interested in this other elements of this expanded collection such as…

… the fringed hoodie…


… the matt black sequins that they used for the detailing on these shirts for guys and gals…



…even the yen, dollar, pound = YSL sign shirt that no doubt will get backordered to death…


But then I get walloped with these embroidered mesh beauties and it was Sister Wolf who flagged them up to me.  I can't quite see whether the tufts of material is a bit of tulle, chiffon or erm pom pom material… all I know is I see legs that need to be peeking out under a short dress or skirt… (as much as I want to artfully pose naked and cover my non-existent cleavage…).


Comments (31)

  1. I think it’s quite easy to really exaggerate with leggins… anyway, I prefer strage/elaborated once: simple black leggins are not chic, not special, not flattering…. unless you wear them as tights, without showing they end at your ankle/under your knee.
    I’m considering if I have a short-enough and wide-enough dress to wear those you just posted =)

  2. cassiopeia says:

    oh goodness… those leggings are just too too kwl!

  3. Something needs to happen, in order to make these leggings live in your closet.
    Although personally I would prefer to remove the two tufts at the hip. There is no way in hell that that part of my body would be shown to the outer world if I owned them, and they would just make unnecessary lumps under clothing I think.

  4. tanya says:

    *sigh* a fringed hoodie… come to me…

  5. geisharock says:

    Fringed hoodie!! Very cool – a possible DIY, in fact? I burst out laughing when I watched the small world video in your last post. GOOD TIMES. (My sister was deathly afraid of the one in Disneyland paris) xoxo

  6. jennifer says:

    The YSL sign shirt made me laugh as it reminds me of the £$€ mugs sold in the LSE student union shop. LOVE the fringed hoodie though.

  7. corrie says:

    That hoodie reminds me of Darth Vader, who I have an irrational fear of. Eep.
    The tights are totally you though, I hope you find away to acquire them and bring more justice to them than anyone else could.

  8. Clar says:

    That is some awesome sensual leggings.

    saw similar design quite some time ago. i think i like kiser’s overlapping design more. seems a more authentic play on the ysl logo

  10. mash says:

    waw i actually love them so much <3 where can i find them for buy them please ?
    sorry for my bad english

  11. Karoline says:

    Oh my god. Those leggings are to kill for:O

  12. VIOLETVILLE says:

    @mash – i think you can buy these pieces at
    not until July though!
    until then we can all fantasize about those smashing leggings ~ thanks susie!!

  13. pretty face says:

    I love the way that photo is styled – with the focus entirely on those gorgeous leggings. But…. isn’t selling clothes about WEARING them? So I reckon we need to see how you would style those leggings, maybe even get them to send you a free pair for that purpose 😉 xx

  14. Jen says:

    I think I need that YSL/money shirt in my life.

  15. iru says:

    the fringed hoodie is other worldly… monastic, cool… just amazing!

  16. Kay says:

    I like the look of Costume Dept. – the matt black sequins are a-maazing.
    As are those leggings. Crikey

  17. Lauren says:

    They look more like footless tights to me…

  18. love this fringed hood!!! I am gonna make the same for sure 🙂 thank’s for this great discovery

  19. Phuong says:

    those make me change my negative opinion on footless tights. absolutely stunning.

  20. Amber says:

    The shirt is pretty rad, I’d buy it! And the shirt detailing is quite quirky… good for the office.

  21. The fringed hoody is brilliant, and of course the YSL tee–I think I might like it better than the original!

  22. that ysl shirt is too funny

  23. those leggings are divine! if i had nicer legs, i’d wear those. or make something similar. 😀

  24. mash says:

    thank you so much for the answer <3
    love from france

  25. awww im in love with those leggings!x

  26. wy says:

    i love that hoodie. fringe is where it’s at.

  27. femme russe says:

    Has read all in detail, excellent blog! There is no way in hell that that part of my body would be shown to the outer world if I owned them, and they would just make unnecessary lumps under clothing I think.

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