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02nd June 2015

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Lily Allen slips a sight of stockings

Lily Allen slips a sight of stockings
Lily Allen is rarely out of the news but for the last few weeks there has been a startling amount of coverage of her hosiery.

The theme continued today with the Daily Mail highlighting Lily's black stockings - worn elegantly underneath an above-the-knees red dress.

Her elegant look came a cropper, however, as the pop star struggled out of her Mini, flashing the onlookers and waiting paparazzi a quick glimpse of elastic.

The newspaper remarks that Lily is cultivating a slightly more sophisticated , glamorous secretary look.

"The stockings were out again as the Smile star stepped out in a dark, tailored skirt suit, bright top and a slick of red lippy to visit a flooring showroom near her north London home," it noted.

Maybe Lily should invest some time into discovering the best way to leave a car with one's dignity intact.

Publicly-edited online manual WikiHow acknowledges that leaving a car gracefully can be difficult.

It suggests ladies keep their knees together throughout the exit, placing feet on the ground as quickly as possible.

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Patterned tights 'by royal appointment'

Patterned tights 'by royal appointment'
The Duchess of York has bought into the increasingly popular fashion for patterned tights, it has emerged.

Attending a Valentine's Day themed ball for charity Chain of Hope, the mother of two wore a black skirt and shirt combo with an elegant plush velvet coat, the Daily Mail reported.

It stated that Sarah Ferguson was dressed down compared to many of the other ballgown-clad guests.

However, she added an elegant touch to the outfit with a pair of sheer tights emblazoned with a rose motif crawling up one leg.

The newspaper claimed: "Sarah Ferguson turned back the clock as she revisited her eighties fashion past in London last night."

Fans of patterned legwear need not worry that the look is outdated, however.

Creative director of the stylish label Diesel Wilbert Das recently told news resource Forbes that its latest catwalk offerings have been partly inspired by the 80s power-dressing trend.

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Ladder-proof tights offer hope for women worldwide

Ladder-proof tights offer hope for women worldwide
The holy grail of tights inched closer to reality today as scientists revealed a new material which is capable of repairing itself when it rips.

For generations, women have dreamed of ladderless tights, of never again walking into a meeting only to discover an embarrassing rip snaking up their ankle.

The material has been created by Professor Leibler and colleagues at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution in Paris.

Its rubbery make-up means the edges of a tear can be held together for 15 minutes, during which time it bonds and joins back together.

The professor enthused: "It will have all sorts of uses. It's just a matter of using your imagination. We have only just begun to think of what can be done. Stockings are a very good idea."

Over the years, there have been many developments in the science of hosiery - with ladder-resistant and extra-tough tights frequently being heralded as the next big thing in legwear .

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Peep-toe shoes 'good with tights'

Peep-toe shoes 'good with tights'
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It is very tempting to leave peep-toe shoes at the back of the cupboard until summer makes bare toes a little more appealing but one fashion commentator believes tight-clad toes can look good.

Vi-An Nguyen, writing for online resource North by Northwestern, has claimed it is possible to filter spring favourites into a winter wardrobe.

All that is needed is creativity and resourcefulness, she explained.

"It is perfectly acceptable to wear peep-toes in a winter outfit with tights - this will look especially good with a fine tweed, herringbone or houndstooth pencil skirt," Ms Nguyen claimed.

The only thing to watch out for is that the seam is hidden beneath the wearer's foot, she added.

Earlier this winter, online fashion agony aunt Alison, of StyleBakery.com, stated that this season people have adopted a "fun" attitude to hosiery, meaning sheer tights with peep-toe shoes can be cute and stylish.

However, she warned wearers to only slip on sheer tights if they plan to show their toes.

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Tights "key" to autumn fashions

Tights "key" to autumn fashions
It is not too early to begin considering next season's fashions and the word on the catwalk is that legwear will be a "key" feature of 2008's autumnal styles.

New York's Fashion Week showcased the styles likely to hit the high street over the next 12 months and skirts with flamboyant tights and stockings will be all the rage as the weather cools, the Star Tribune reports.

"Hosiery was key, including bright tights under short shorts or fishnet stockings held up by garters," it noted.

Erin Fetherston showed a bolder design style at the New York fashion fest, exhibiting bolder tights in dark hues as part of the "current tights trend", the newspaper continued.

The Canadian Press also attended the fashion preview, reporting that shorts with tights and mini-dresses with legwarmers will be part of a trend likely to knock the socks off duller legwear this year.

Women who bought opaque tights last season could find they gain a further year's wear out of them, it added.

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Sock selection science for "foot-owners"

Sock selection science for "foot-owners"
The foot is an incredible appendage and people should buy socks as carefully as they select their next pair of boots, an expert has urged.

Jan Adkins commented in an article for Mother Earth News that socks are a personal item of clothing, that they are "underwear that shows".

Socks can be serious or silly, thick or thin, pink or professional and can make the wearer feel good about pulling them on, he asserted.

There is also a greater science to the selection of socks than many people consider, Mr Adkins believes.

He opined: "The intelligent foot-owner will cover the extremity with a porous layer that can wick away some of the moisture ... insulate the nerve-dense foot against cold and heat and buffer the interface between foot and shoe."

It is not just Mr Adkins who has pondered the science of comfortably cladding the foot, whether in black socks, fun socks or tights.

Online footwear resource Sock Science reports that the secret of soothed feet lies in using yarns which keep the appendage dry and reduce the friction it is exposed to.

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Silly sock success for Welsh charity

Silly sock success for Welsh charity
There are many unusual ways to raise money for a good cause yet one Welsh charity has managed to find an even odder way of filling its coffers.

Cancer Research Wales has called upon a few brave souls to spend the day wearing the silliest socks they can find and encourage their family and friends to sponsor them.

It suggests people get their whole school or workplace involved to raise the much-needed funds for the charity, which has generated more than £3 million through various campaigns over the last few years.

Staff at Glendales Fruit Shop in Cardiff have been taking part in the silly sock fun for seven years now and have raised a staggering £14,000 for the charity.

They told the South Wales Echo they had decided to take part when the manager's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Angela Nelson, manager of the shop, told the local newspaper the customers look forward to the event and the staff enjoy donning fun socks and novelty socks.

"I think other people would enjoy holding their own silly socks day. You get a good response because nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer," she commented.

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Yummy mummies 'targeting tights'

Yummy mummies 'targeting tights'
Fashion is being good to pregnant women this season by giving them plenty of scope for hiding their bumps if want to, a fashion expert has commented.

Paula Lundgren, a wardrobe consultant from Texas, told the Cox News Service that woman can look glamorous whether they are carrying their first child or fifth, adding that tights can draw the eye away from the baby bulge.

Some women are uncomfortable with their changing shape and feel their pregnancy bump makes them look fat, she continued.

Mums-to-be can draw attention away from their midriff by wearing tights with a knee-length jumper dress and boots, Ms Lundgren suggested.

There are other ways of drawing attention from the stomach, she continued.

"Obviously you have more cleavage when you're pregnant," the fashion guru laughed.

Ms Lundgren is not the only person urging pregnant women to stay fashionable.

Online resource Pregnancy. LoveToKnow advises mothers to seek out maternity hosiery in bright colours.

Patterned tights and other more daring legwear can add some "pizzazz" to a wardrobe, it states.

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Tight spot for local artist

Tight spot for local artist
Most people expect legwear to be adorning the legs of British women or curled up in a sock draw, not at an art gallery.

However, one British artist has used a range of women's tights to create his newest sculptures, it has been reported.

Dudley College lecturer and artist Robert Bowers told local paper the Express and Star that his recent exhibition for the local museum and art gallery contains 56 new pieces.

Some of these have been crafted using tights stretched over curvy, female frames and coated with resin.

The sculptures can be placed outside, even in bad weather, he said.

"When rain falls on them it makes the same sound as when you hear rain falling on a caravan roof. It is a wonderful sound which reminds me of some great caravan holidays," Mr Bowers added.

It is not just Mr Bowers who has recognised the creative potential nestling within ordinary hosiery.

The CBBC website contains several hints for those aspiring to create art through the medium of legwear, including how to make a tights teddy.

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Socks and oats 'the key to beautiful skin'

Socks and oats 'the key to beautiful skin'
Some rather unusual sock-based beauty advice has been issued to lovers keen to give their skin a healthy glow and impress their partners this Valentines.

Rude Health claims its Fruity Date porridge is a tasty and nutritious start to the day, which is a normal claim for a health cereal to make.

However, the company suggests that as well as eating regular bowlfuls, consumers add oats to a sock or stocking and enjoy a 20-minute soak in the bath with it.

Rather unusually, it claims that soggy oats wrapped in a sock can give the skin an "extra healthy glow".

"We wouldn't recommend eating them when you're done but that's your call," the manufacturer adds.

According to the Essential Backpacker: A Complete Guide for the Foot Traveller, it is also important for a person to consider their skin when buying their socks.

Consumers should choose materials which allow skin to breathe and carry moisture away from the foot to avoid blisters, the book suggests.

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Fashion continues 80s legwear focus

Fashion continues 80s legwear focus
The relentless march of the early-80s influence continues to sweep across the global catwalks with yet another designer unveiling a distinctly retro style.

Phi, a New York-based luxury women's fashion retailer revealed a glamorous offering to the gods of good design at the recent debut of its new fall collection, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Tutus, bustiers and zip-front skirts jostled for the public's attention with wool crepe, cashmere and "splashes of teal, orange and fuchsia", it continues.

One audience member told the publication: "That sort of Day-Glo fluorescent, tights with the fishnets, reminded me of the darker, edgier Betsy Johnson."

Elsewhere in New York's Fashion Week, tweeds were making an unlikely but attractive comeback.

CBS News reports that despite usually being the fabric of choice for grannies and college professors, several designers have used softer versions of the material to create a stunning autumn line-up.

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"Punk princess" Paris shows lavish legwear

"Punk princess" Paris shows lavish legwear
Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton has stunned on-lookers at her recent birthday bash by showing up in a spectacular set of patterned tights as part of a "punk princess" outfit, according to reports.

Hilton, who is famed for her lavish lifestyle and is seen by many as a fashion icon, dyed her hair to match the patterns of her tights and handbag.

Despite being among the world's most photographed people, the star of reality TV show the Simple Life could hardly be recognised as she arrived to celebrate her birthday at a nightclub in Los Angeles, report the Daily Mail.

After welcoming guests and opening a range of gifts , Hilton reportedly danced into the night in her stiletto-heeled shoes and her stunning legwear.

Hilton is starring in a soon-to-be-released movie entitled The Hottie and the Nottie, in which she plays a popular young girl who has vowed not to date until her best friend can find a boyfriend of her own.

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Lily Allen's legwear 'cause for comment'

Lily Allen's legwear 'cause for comment'
Lily Allen has bowed to the current fashion for sheer tights, matching them with a floaty dress and platforms so high she could fall to her death.

Fashion and socialising website OSOYOU.com reports that the songstress glammed up for a trip down Bond Street.

"She looks great. Not very comfy but - as Frenchie says to Sandy in Grease - 'Beauty is pain.' Amen to that, sisters," the style source notes.

Lily's legs have attracted the website's attention before. Last week it noted that she had chosen opaque tights with a blue dress and suggested she is adopting the fashion taste of Lindsay Lohan.

She could be finding her ideas at London Fashion Week , which has been exhibiting a wealth of exciting hosiery.

Lily was spotted at the front row of PPQ's display of autumn and winter fashion , which featured many of its trademark puff-ball skirts and mini dresses.

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Legwear lends the London look

Legwear lends the London look
London Fashion Week has barely begun and already legwear is causing comment among the glitterati.

Designer Jasper Conran decked his models in sculpted dresses and tights in colours such as emerald, clementine and carnation, Reuters reports.

Framed necklines were matched with defined waists to create attractive and shapely fashions.

Conran told the assembled press that he had sought to create three-dimensional designs rather than just succumbing to the current trend for floral prints.

Tights were an important aspect of Paul Smith's fashion offerings as well, Reuters continued, with legs clad in bright colours but patterned with contrasting brushstrokes.

Hosiery is always an important part of any outfit and can be used to dress an outfit up or down, or give it a fun or punky edge.

At the recent New York Fashion Week, long-legged models wore a range of tights, from black woollies to Day-Glo florescent legwear under fishnets .

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Tomorrow's world: Self-cleaning socks?

Tomorrow's world: Self-cleaning socks?
There has been an epic scientific breakthrough which could forever banish fears of smelly socks following the creation of self-cleaning fabrics.

Using nanotechnology, the Australian and Chinese boffins have created wool and silk which rid themselves of smells and stains when they are in the sun, meaning the world could be just a few steps away from self-cleaning socks .

One of the researchers, Dr Daoud, told the journal Chemistry Materials that during testing, they had splashed a piece of fabric with red wine and then exposed it to sunlight.

Just 20 hours later, the stain barely showed.

He explained that the science behind the breakthrough is as simple as: "The self-cleaning technology in our work uses titanium dioxide photocatalyst that when triggered by light, it decomposes dirt, stains, harmful micro-organisms and so on." See, simple.

Such technology could put an end to the problem of losing socks during a wash. For generations people have been plagued by the presence of one stubborn odd sock on their pile of laundry.

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Hosiery: Brave, bold and bright

Hosiery: Brave, bold and bright
Further furious fashion debate has been filling the style pages following the various hosiery haute couture offerings at the New York and London Fashion Weeks.

Reporter and clothing guide Tricia Woolfenden assembled a collection of "fabulous" style gurus to help her discuss designer's efforts in her blog the New Black.

The experts discussed the new tight trends unveiled recently, particularly the new fashion for bright and neon legwear.

One scathingly asserted that such tights could only be worn "carefully or perhaps after a few drinks".

However, another added: "The bright tights are an easy and fun way to step up an outfit. More!!"

Ms Woolfenden herself agreed that "fun socks, textured tights and crazy legwear" could be great but expressed a concern that bright red legs would look short.

Regardless of whether everyone likes them, the trend for dazzlingly bright legs is spreading globally.

Hong Kong newspaper the Standard has been highlighting the trend for bold, bright colours to its readership, meaning women across the planet could be sporting the brave new look this autumn.

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Socks on screen as opera opens

Socks on screen as opera opens
Some people may think legwear and opera do not naturally go hand in hand but one brave young company has thrust them into the limelight they so richly deserve by casting two grey socks as the lovers in its new production.

The Perfect Match is a made-for-TV film commissioned by Bravo, which follows the beautiful and heartwarming tale of two single grey socks who believe they are alone in the world and will never discover the companionship they crave.

It was recently aired at a Tapestry New Opera Works event and John Terauds - a classical music critic for the US publication the Star - reported that the five-minute film was packed with creativity.

He said it was a "funny and charming love story about two single grey socks who can finally end their lives of loneliness". Who knew socks suffered?

Tapestry's marketing and communications director Anna commented in her blog that the film showcases the "universal search for companionship".

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Hosiery: Now an important accessory

Hosiery: Now an important accessory
Legwear has become an important accessory in its own right, offering a variety of colours, patterns and textures, an expert has commented.

Writing for the Washington Post, fashion reporter Holly E Thomas said it can be difficult to know how best to pair up various tights with different outfits.

She suggested that the style-conscious should combine flat shoes with bolder hosiery , particularly if wearing patterned tights which are similar to the design of the footwear.

When wearing "head-turning heels", the writer noted textured tights in a subtle colour can pull the outfit together.

Ms Thomas also suggested combining legwear for an alternative look.

"Besides adding warmth, layering tights and socks makes for a fun , bohemian look. How to keep things from getting too bulky? Try footless tights, which provide coverage sans crowding," she advised.

Hosiery fans looking for some patterned tights inspiration following these suggestions may want to draw inspiration from recent catwalk offerings such as Vivienne Westwood's punky star-spangled tights.

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Sandals and socks: A sexy new look

Sandals and socks: A sexy new look
A number of designers are pairing sandals with socks and tights in a move which could shake footwear fashion to its core.

Sandals worn with socks have long been mocked as a clothing disaster which unaccountably affects middle-aged men on holiday, yet some designers have spurned such stereotypes and clad their models in open toes and tights , the Los Angeles Times reports.

Anna Sui, Rei Kawakubo and John Galliano have all sent their models out in anklets and open heels, the publication's fashion reporter explains.

However, wearers must carefully consider their outfits before attempting this brave new look as knee socks and stilettos can look "a little too kittenish", the article warned.

Because of this, the newspaper suggested: "Novices should start with a simple peep-toe pump and solid opaque tight."

Sandals and socks could take off thanks to the practical implications of such footwear.

"Disco Queen" Alison Goldfrapp recently told the Sun newspaper that as she has injured her back she has been banned from wearing her usual glamorous heels and so "sandals may be the way forward".

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Details 'vital' for this season's style

Details 'vital' for this season's style
This year, fashion is a matter of spending time on the details, with accessories and legwear playing an important part of any chic wardrobe.

Style bible Vogue has published a summary of the recent London Fashion Week , highlighting the importance this season of an individual look which stands out.

"From Indian bangles piled up high to a Bat For Lashes-style sequin headband or bright cerise-coloured tights (teamed with a turban), it's all in the details," the magazine explained.

Vogue urged fashion hunters to seek out a "statement coat" as a spring investment. Alternatively, a sequined scarf can add a glamorous edge to a plain black coat, it added.

The Independent recently devoted space in its style pages to a discussion of the various legwear offerings at this year's event.

It highlighted that the tights exhibited at the various catwalks ranged from jewelled, printed with stars, coloured and even made from tie-dyed latex.

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Sock serenade promised for Peaches

Sock serenade promised for Peaches
Peaches Geldoff could be in for a treat as Stuart Purvey, singer with indie band The Law, has claimed he would don a fresh pair of socks if it would help him win her heart.

He made his rather baffling remark to the Daily Record as he explained that the band will be playing the prestigious West Rocks event in London, known to have attracted stars such as the Arctic Monkeys and the Geldof sisters in the past.

"Tonight should be pretty impressive. I'm hoping to have a shot at pulling Peaches Geldof and you never know - I might even change my socks," he said.

And how could anyone refuse an offer like that?

Recently, the Sisters Geldof made the papers with their unique dress sense. Attending the Elle Style awards earlier this month, Peaches wore a glamorous gothic outfit with ripped tights.

Her sister Pixie wore a summery tennis skirt with black ankle socks and patent leather shoes.

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Luck of the Irish for Charlize

Luck of the Irish for Charlize
The Meteor Ireland Music Awards took place at the RDS in Dublin and the glitterati were out in full force.

Among the stars on the red carpet was Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron and her current squeeze Stuart Townsend.

Publication Galway First notes that Charlize and her man turned up without an entourage and were more than happy to talk to the press.

She may have been eager to show off some new additions to her wardrobe as the publication notes she was decked out in black tights under a "very trendy" black and gold one-shoulder knee-length dress.

The South African star was said to be clinging to her man, who is most well-known for his role as Dorian Gray in 2003's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

While she may have been looking glamorous at the Irish event, Charlize stated that she'll be staying at home and missing the Oscars this year as she has not been nominated.

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Singer in 80s sock-envy

Singer in 80s sock-envy
A performer starring in the stage production of The Wedding Singer has spoken of his love of 80s fashion, dazzling socks and all.

Jonathan Wilkes, who plays a lead role in the staged performance of the blockbuster, told the Chorley Citizen that the 80s fashions were brilliant, even though he was only a child at the time.

"I can remember all the big barnets and seeing my sister going out with a Wham 'Relax' T-shirt and fluorescent socks and thinking 'I have got to get some of those'," he confessed.

Wilkes could be cheered to know that on many recent catwalks, the 80s look had firmly returned, although showcasing fluorescent tights rather than socks .

Following retro fashion offerings by style guru Phi at the recent New York Fashion Week, TV's Padma Lakshmi told the Dallas News that the designer has successfully combined Day-Glo tights with fishnets, creating a dark, edgy but sexy look.

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Legwear now an "it accessory"

Legwear now an "it accessory"
Tights are now an important accessory, with many designers fuelling the trend and developing new and exciting legwear crazes, it has been suggested.

Newspaper the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has announced what many have known for some time, that "legwear has blossomed into an 'it' accessory in its own right".

From "dainty polka-dot" hosiery to cable-knit leggings, tights have never been the subject of greater designer attention and women should "get ready to cast off those basic black opaques".

Women should carefully select shoes which will complement their chosen legwear style, choosing classic flats for bolder colours and heels for textured tights in a neutral colour, it added.

Earlier this month, patterned tights received a glamorous royal look as the Duchess of York wore opaque hosiery complemented by a dark rose pattern crawling up her calf, the Daily Mail reported.

Sarah Ferguson left her tights to do the talking, the rest of her outfit being a dressed-down black skirt and shirt.

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Renee kicks off socks at Oscars rehearsals

Renee kicks off socks at Oscars rehearsals
Renee Zellweger caught the press attention when she unceremoniously kicked off her socks during an Oscars rehearsal.

The Bridget Jones star arrived at the run-through wearing jeans and trainers but slipped off her footwear to don a pair of glamorous heels when it was her turn to practice presenting one of the prestigious awards, the Associated Press reported.

However, it noted that the sparkling celebrity was grateful to slide her feet back into socks and shoes after the run through, muttering: "Well, that's enough of these things for today," as she took off her heels.

By the time the event began, though, Renee was dressed to impress with rather more frock than sock on show.

The Times reports that she was the only woman at the event dressed in sparkling fabric, in a daring dress with a high split.

According to publication The Australian, Renee was one of many starlets showing off "perfectly toned arms" with their strapless ensembles.

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Socks for soldiers as treats for troops

Socks for soldiers as treats for troops
British troops may have to put up with basic conditions when serving in Afghanistan but thanks to one county, they will at least have warm feet.

A Wiltshire-based Royal British Legion campaign called Treats for Troops has called upon local people to parcel up creature comforts for the men and women serving overseas, local news resource This Is Wiltshire reports.

They are being encouraged to send everything from socks and boxer shorts to noodle snacks and shaving foam, it notes.

Legion member Dave Bland told the publication: "It seems silly to call pants and socks a luxury but some of the service personnel in Afghanistan have been there for months and brand new underwear and new socks will be appreciated."

The Royal British Legion offers both current and ex-service personnel support ranging from financial help to social and motivational assistance.

It reports that almost 10.5 million people in Britain are eligible for its support.

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Odd accessories for fashionable legs

Odd accessories for fashionable legs
The world of fashion frequently takes some rather odd turns when it is launching its models down the catwalk and none more so than some of the legwear offerings made this week.

According to the Times' fashion pages, one of the slightly more surreal sights during the many catwalks of the last few weeks has been a model clad in tights accessorised with glass.

"Tights with chunks of glass clamped down the sides, guaranteed to wreck your Zanussi, were a particularly useless but not isolated display of things to do with Uhu," fashion reporter Lisa Armstrong remarked.

At the recent Paris Fashion Week, Jean Paul Gaultier has courted controversy by wrapping many of his models in the skins and furs of animals but has also been making statements through his use of hosiery.

Website CatWalkQueen reports that his creations have focused on "duskier shades of primary colours", matched with tights in similar striking colours.

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Singing Scottish socks on tour

Singing Scottish socks on tour
The inimitable Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre is conducting a startlingly successful "world tour" of Britain over the next few months.

Brainchild of comedian Kev Sutherfield, the puppet show sprang to fame following extensive tours and an increasingly cult following on YouTube.

The show has everything; singing, sketching socks and Scots and includes dialogue from William Shakespeare - well why wouldn't it?

Parents should be warned, though, the sock puppets may be charming and the music whimsical but this show is definitely not one for more innocent ears and only people aged 16 and above are allowed to attend.

Following the show, one reviewer from the Scotsman said that those who find "the sight of two mangy socks sloppily fitted with little beady eyes bickering in high, squeaky voices ... intrinsically funny ... should probably seek professional help".

Meanwhile, the Stage stated that the socks manage to build an "excellent audience rapport".

Details of the tour can be found at the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre's MySpace profile.

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Orlando's socks 'smell blooming awful'

Orlando's socks 'smell blooming awful'
Despite many women being willing to worship at his feet, one woman has told Orlando Bloom to wash them.

It has been reported that the Pirates of the Caribbean star's girlfriend Miranda Kerr has told him to clean up his act, complaining that his socks are too smelly.

A source has claimed the heart throb often refuses to wash when he is not on set.

"He'll wear the same jeans for a week before he throws them in the washer. Same goes for his sweaters, T-shirts and socks," they added.

Perhaps Bloom's loved ones are hoping the new self-cleaning material created by boffins from China and Australia could help control the alleged pongy problem.

Recently the scientists declared that they had created a fabric which cleans itself in the sunlight using nanotechnology.

Self-cleaning fabrics could fix the clothing problem but Miranda may still want to persuade her other half to kick his dog, Sidi, out of bed if he is to clean up his act.

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Fishnets urged by Brit style specialists

Fishnets urged by Brit style specialists
British style gurus Trinny and Susannah have descended upon an unsuspecting New Zealand to revamp their style and dress up their wardrobes.

The fashion victors hit Auckland's shopping precincts and encouraged passing women to ditch the drab and don the dapper.

One passing office worker, Wendy Stewart, was urged to be a little more adventurous in order to take advantage of her shape.

"They said, 'You should be flashing your boobs more and wearing fishnet stockings and I went, 'Oh my God'," she told the New Zealand Herald.

However, Ms Stewart had a less intrusive fashion experience than others, as Trinny and Susannah flung up the skirt of a passing nurse and scrutinised her underwear.

The health professional told the newspaper she "didn't love" that part of their service.

Stylists Trinny and Susannah wrote for the Daily Telegraph's style pages for many years and then presented the BBC's What Not To Wear.

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