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Patterned socks 'the idea way to show support'

Patterned socks 'the idea way to show support'
A lacrosse team in the US has found an innovative way to combine legwear with showing support for a teammate.

The South River girls' lacrosse team have all donned pink sports socks for every game in tribute to Brooke Griffin, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and died two years ago, the Washington Post reports.

Coach Kim McNemar decided that wearing the patterned socks were the ideal way not only to support Brooke, but also to raise awareness of breast cancer in general, which the American Cancer Society estimates will affect one in eight women.

"Putting the pink socks on reminds me of her and how hard I want to work to make her proud," Brooke told the newspaper.

She added: "It does remind us of her and her spirit."

Socks met charity in the news again recently, after the Dallas News reported that a Dallas fund is helping to distribute shoes and socks to children affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

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A Quantum of Socks: Bond girl helps collection

A Quantum of Socks: Bond girl helps collection
A Bond girl has helped one Derbyshire woman to expand her unusual collection with a generous gift of her own.

Gemma Arterton, best known for her role in A Quantum of Solace, has donated a pair of leopardskin tights to Audrey Winkler, the curator of a set of celebrity legwear, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.

The funky tights will join nearly 30 pairs of star-studded socks at Ruddington Framemakers Knitters' Museum, where visitors are invited to match the legwear to the celebrity.

Jenson Button, Andy Murray and Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet have also shed their luxury socks in the past to help Ms Winkler grow her collection.

"[Gemma Arterton] is right at the top of the celebrity ladder and we are delighted to receive them," she told the newspaper.

Celebrity legwear also made the news recently when it was revealed that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich likes to have a member of the road crew pull his socks on for him.

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Leggings 'owe a lot to fashion technology'

Leggings 'owe a lot to fashion technology'
It's official - a certain style of ladies' leg wear is back in fashion, thanks to technological developments that help them to fulfil a variety of roles.

Leggings can now be worn as "pants" - trousers to you and me - as well as at the gym, when out on the town or just lounging around the house, according to US paper the Bangor Daily News.

The resurgence of leggings is partly due to advances in fabric technology since their last big vogue in the '80s, Heather van Frankenhuyzen of the Art Institute of Seattle in Washington said.

"Back then, they really didn't have the synthetic fabrics that wear and feel like ours today," she told the newspaper.

"So often in the '80s, the leggings tended to be slightly baggy or loose."

The revival of the fashion has been embraced by celebrities like Victoria Beckham, who was recently spotted by Gossipcenter.com at Heathrow Airport in black leggings and heels.

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US fitness centre socks it to cancer

US fitness centre socks it to cancer
A fitness centre in Illinois is taking an innovative approach to stamping out cancer, using a clothesline loaded with dozens of examples of footwear.

The Curves for Women fitness centre in Marseilles is selling fun socks to raise money in preparation for the 2010 Relay for Life event in La Salle County, which will be held on June 18th and 19th.

More than 100 socks of all styles and lengths, each featuring a personalised message from the donor, are available for a donation of $2 (£1.37) and, of course, the name of the charity drive is "Sock it to Cancer".

"People with cancer come in all sizes and shapes, so we're doing the same with socks that are for kids, men and women," organiser Marla Judd told My Web Times.

Organised by the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life event will see people around the world running distances to raise cash to aid the fight against the disease.

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Lyndsay Lohan shows off new sock style

Lyndsay  Lohan shows off new sock style
Lyndsay Lohan has turned heads after sporting some pretty unusual leg wear while out and about in the US.

Modelling mid-calf sheer pop socks, the Parent Trap star and occasional Ugly Betty actress has drawn attention to a new fashion trend.

Stepping out on a shopping trip in New York last week, she was seen sporting the socks, leaving them on while changing her boots to loafers, reported the Daily Mail.

Shenae Grimes, whose new film More Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet is due out this year, has also been spotted on the red carpet wearing the new style hose.

Resembling the anti-deep vein thrombosis sock most commonly seen on airplanes, classing these new stockings seems difficult.

Styleite website's vote put "My Grandma's" as the top name for these "unusual" items.

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New tights boast 'revolutionary' material

New tights boast 'revolutionary' material
Ladders, runs and the need to carry spare pair around all the time will all be at an end as 'revolutionary' tights make their debut.

Featuring a new technology designed to stop snags getting bigger, the material is promising to stop embarrassing fashion situations, John Roskalns, of the manufacturer Levante, told the Daily Mail.

He explained: "If you get a small hole that is how it will stay - as a hole.

"We have two yarns - one elastane and one nylon which are twisted together to make a stretchy thread."

It was only this time last year that ladders in hose seemed all the rage, with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Pixie Lott sporting designer ripped tights.

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Going Gaga for ripped fishnets

Going Gaga for ripped fishnets
Lady Gaga has taken to the streets of some of Europe's most culturally sophisticated capitals in nothing more than a pair of ripped fishnet stockings.

The poker-faced starlet was seen out and about in Stockholm and Berlin wearing some particularly well-worn stockings.

She was performing at the Stockholm Globe Arena as part of her mammoth sold-out Monster Ball tour.

Following the performance, the singer toured the Swedish capital in a pair of undies and the attention-grabbing fishnets.

In Germany, she belatedly picked up her three Echo awards from the O2 World Arena.

The 24-year-old has recently been accused of failing to return four sets of luxury lingerie that were loaned to her for use in her latest video.

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Robin Hood drops tights

Robin Hood drops tights
Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe's new interpretation of the story of England's favourite tax-dodging hero looks like serving up a few shocks to audiences.

People familiar with the usual 'rob-from-the-rich' take on the popular story may be surprised by the film's plot, which tells the story of Robin prior to his outlaw status.

But perhaps most shockingly, there's not a pair of tights in sight.

Crowe says he's not worried about following a template for Robin Hood and asks whether "Errol Flynn in baggy green woollen tights," is any more appropriate than the new slant.

Previous incarnations of Sherwood Forest's merry men have made great play on the image of a band of outlaws dressed like women.

While Errol Flynn may have defined the role with his green tights, the 1993 spoof film 'Robin Hood: Men In Tights' made great fun of men looking "like sissies."

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Football socks 'can help England win World Cup'

Football socks 'can help England win World Cup'
Englands chances of winning this years football World Cup in South Africa could may not just on the state of Wayne Rooney, but also on a pair of sports socks.

The national team's football socks that the England team players pull on will have some pretty advanced material in them, designed to give the wearer the winning edge, claims the Times.

Rooney will be donning a pair of socks which have a seamless, mesh construction around the upper-ankle area to stop them creasing and wrinkling when he runs, passes or shoots, according to the paper.

Of course, most English fans will be hoping that their team's foot care is up to scratch with broken metatarsals out of the headlines this year.

England's first match is against the USA on June 12th, when they will have to work those special socks off to start with a good result.

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Colourful patterned socks could be in fashion

Colourful patterned socks could be in fashion
A new generation of fashion followers are taking their cues from celebrities and clashing different styles and colours together.

Colourful fabrics are in for socks and other clothes, mirroring a trend in make-up, claims one fashion expert.

Natalia Colman, personal stylist at Stylespecialists.co.uk, said people really ought to go wild and embrace the bold colours.

She said: "There are really vibrant violet colours, aqua, watermelon and fuschia pinks at the moment.

"There's a new generation clashing up the different styles together, trying to make a big fashion statement which a lot of young people are doing."

In a recent summer trend report, Vogue urged people to go for thigh-high dresses, tunics and shorts for an attention grabbing impact.

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Nylon stockings 'stand up'

Nylon stockings 'stand up'
The continued success of nylon was always a given, claims one industry expert.

As Saturday marks the 70th birthday of the first time ladies could pull on a pair of nylon stockings, its impact is once again being assessed.

Sally Kay, chief executive officer of the Hosiery Association, told the Pittsburgh Tribune she was not surprised about its enduring popularity, and said the hosiery industry is forever changing.

In an interview with the paper she added: "The technology helps make the product better.

"Silk does not offer the same amount of memory that nylon does."

Nylon stockings became popular during the second world war as silk became harder to get hold of.

Nylon was first developed by DuPont in the US by Dr Wallace Carrothers and can now be found in a wide range of consumer goods from tights to car engines.

The company recently unveiled a new type of nylon designed specifically for the automotive industry.

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Stockings to the rescue in Louisiana

An unusual approach to solving the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico has been found.

Stuffing hair into old stockings may not be the most high-tech solution to one of world's worst ever oil disasters, but it is an approach with sound scientific merits.

Matter of Trust, a San Francisco based charity is looking for people to donate old stockings and tights, even with runs or tears, to help with the clean-up operation.

They are already receiving donations from all over America and from abroad.

By re-using old hair clippings collected from barber shops and hair salons and stuffing them into the disused leg-wear, Matter of Trust has been cleaning up slicks for years.

They are now turning this well-honed technique of 'hosiery and hair' to help clean up the Louisiana coastline.

Lisa Craig Gautier, executive director of Matter of Trust said hair "soaks up skin oils, grabs oil from the pollution in the air, and it can soak up petroleum in oil spills."

BP says the clean-up operation has cost over £300 million so far.

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Wearing cotton socks is 'good for your feet'

Wearing cotton socks is 'good for your feet'
People are being urged to ditch the man-made fibres that make feet sweat and instead turn to good, old-fashioned cottonsocks this summer.

The Times of India says that one of the best ways of keeping feet cool and sweat-free during the hot summer months is to avoid synthetic materials and go for natural fibres.

"Stick with good quality cottonsocks. Natural fibres have a good built in ventilation system," the newspaper said.

Other advice for maintaining a healthy pair of feet includes changing your socks at least once in the middle of day, ensuring that you always have a clean, dry pair of socks to put on.

The advice is not just about keeping feet from smelling bad, but can reduce the chances of getting fungal infections such as athlete's foot.

FootCareExpert website also suggests changing socks and footwear regularly to stave off the potential for persistent foot care problems.

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Loose fitting socks 'can help varicose veins'

Loose fitting socks 'can help varicose veins'
Researchers in Berlin have offered a number of tips that can help with the reduction and treatment of varicose veins.

Loose-fitting socks and tights have been advised as being one of the best ways of reducing the ill effects of varicose veins.

Patients with varicose veins should avoid socks or stockings that constrain the leg in one place, according to Germany's Association of Internists (BDI).

Ninety per cent of varicose veins occur in the legs, according to the association.

Wearing the right kind of socks or legwear can also help with other conditions.

The NHS advises people who could be at risk of suffering from deep vein thrombosis to wear elastic compression stockings when travelling long distances, such as on long-haul flights.
Meanwhile, bacterial infections can be avoided by wearing socks that will absorb moisture, such as thick, soft socks made of natural fibres or sports socks.
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Black opaque tights are a 'must have'

Black opaque tights are a 'must have'
Women looking for this season's essentials have been offered a few helpful pointers by a leading fashion writer.

Black, grey or khaki tights that help to lengthen the appearance of legs are a "fashion must-have", according to Dijanna Mulhearn writing in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Long legs look best in sheer stockings while those with petite frames can pull off bold colours, she claims.

She also says that stockings and patterned hosiery have been a big hit on international catwalks.

"They're the best way to instantly update last season's dress or add a jolt of colour," she explained.

But she advised women: "Don't go too far in clashing patterned tights with patterned clothes."

Personal stylist at Stylespecialists.co.uk Natalia Colman recently said that there is a new generation of young people clashing different styles together trying to make a big fashion statement.

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Socks and sandals look hits the catwalks

Socks and sandals look hits the catwalks
While Italian or French women would never be seen dead in the two items together, it seems that in Britain a pair of socks worn with sandals is the look that's in.

It appears some of the major fashion houses have been indulging in some "sartorial eccentricities," according to Susannah Frankel of the Independent.

She said the look has been spotted on the catwalks of some of the big fashion companies such as Burberry and Dior.

Wearing socks and sandals may not only be a fashion statement but also could have a very sensible, practical motivation.

Frankel wrote in an article for the newspaper: "It's far from balmy out there and a nice pair of socks has the happy effect of ensuring British toes remain as warm as toast whatever the weather."

Anyone who does feel the need to wear a pair of socks with sandals should choose footwear made from cotton or other natural fibres, according to the NHS.

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Johansson likes her leggings

Johansson likes her leggings
Scarlett Johansson, star of recent blockbuster film Iron Man 2, was seen warming up for an appearance on a US chat showing wearing a pair of skin-tight leggings.

Johansson was spotted in Los Angeles a few hours before appearing on the Ellen Degeneres show to promote the film, according to the Daily Mail.

She wore dark skin-tight leggings with a tight hooded top as she worked out at a gym in the city.

The 25-year-old actress plays Black Widow in the second Iron Man film which is still top of the box-office in the US.

At the film's LA premiere she refused to stand with co-star Gwyneth Paltrow for photographers, it was claimed by the Daily Mirror.

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Silk stockings are Ken Clarke's 'top choice'

Silk stockings are Ken Clarke's 'top choice'
While the previous Lord Chancellor Jack Straw may have been more at home in a 21st century business suit similar to that worn by his cabinet colleagues, it seems the new incumbent prefers silk stockings.

Silk stockings may not be the choice for most men, but for a Lord Chancellor it's the traditional garb.

Ken Clarke looked perfectly at home at his swearing-in ceremony in all the finery which, in addition to the hosiery, included a full-length wig and a gold brocade gown.

While Russell Crowe has eschewed tights in his new role as Robin Hood, it seems that in Westminster at least, the tradition of an Englishman wearing stockings is still being upheld.

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Kate Moss in 'sophisticated' black tights

Kate Moss in 'sophisticated' black tights
Kate Moss turned up "sizzling with sophistication" at a recent fashion launch in London, wearing a cream playsuit, suit jacket and black tights.

Held to celebrate the launch of Topshop's Knightsbridge store, the model stole the limelight at the event in her tights, according to the Sun.

Despite a host of A-list celebrities and beauties also attending, Moss clearly stole the show.

Among other trend-setters were Kelly Brook, Holly Valance and Jamie Theakston.

Pictures of Kate Moss wearing no clothes at all, let alone anything like the elegant hosiery she modelled in Knightsbridge are to go on sale tomorrow (Friday 21st).

They were taken by fashion photographer Albert Watson in Marrakech in 1993.

Moss, 36, has recently hit the headlines after ex-Hole lead singer Courtney love claimed to have had affair with the model.

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Industry gets tights in a twist over 'nude' colour controversy

With a storm emerging following the description of Michelle Obama's dress as 'nude' and 'flesh-coloured', it seems the fashion industry might have to change what it means by the colour 'nude'.

'Nude' has long been a term that can apply to tights and legwear, but as a race row erupts its use is coming into question.

The terms 'nude' and 'flesh-coloured' have long been interchangeable but the question of whose flesh it is has recently been raised.

Elle magazine editor Lorraine Candy told the Guardian newspaper there is nothing wrong with this.

She said: "Nude is a defined colour. It's white nude, not black nude, but it's not the colour of my skin either. I'm see-through white.

"With someone as powerful and amazing as Michelle Obama, I think it's the wrong thing to get worked up about."

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Silk stockings are Ken Clarke's 'top choice'

While the previous Lord Chancellor Jack Straw may have been more at home in a 21st century business suit similar to that worn by his cabinet colleagues, it seems the new incumbent prefers silk stockings.

Silk stockings may not be the choice for most men, but for a Lord Chancellor it's the traditional garb.

Ken Clarke looked perfectly at home at his swearing-in ceremony in all the finery which, in addition to the hosiery, included a full-length wig and a gold brocade gown.

While Russell Crowe has eschewed tights in his new role as Robin Hood, it seems that in Westminster at least, the tradition of an Englishman wearing stockings is still being upheld.

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Kate Moss in 'sophisticated' black tights

Kate Moss turned up "sizzling with sophistication" at a recent fashion launch in London, wearing a cream playsuit, suit jacket and black tights.

Held to celebrate the launch of Topshop's Knightsbridge store, the model stole the limelight at the event in her tights, according to the Sun.

Despite a host of A-list celebrities and beauties also attending, Moss clearly stole the show.

Among other trend-setters were Kelly Brook, Holly Valance and Jamie Theakston.

Pictures of Kate Moss wearing no clothes at all, let alone anything like the elegant hosiery she modelled in Knightsbridge are to go on sale tomorrow (Friday 21st).

They were taken by fashion photographer Albert Watson in Marrakech in 1993.

Moss, 36, has recently hit the headlines after ex-Hole lead singer Courtney love claimed to have had affair with the model.

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Socks record 'on the line'

Socks record 'on the line'
German theme park workers have come up with a novel way of getting into the record books.

Staff at Tripsdrill Amusement Park in Germany are hoping to beat the world record for the longest sock washing line.

People have been asked to donate socks when they come through the gates, even giving up the pairs they were wearing, according to The Local.

A spokesman for the theme park told the news site that "Most are in good condition, but there are also some with holes. It’s very colourful here."

Socks are pegged all along the line, which measures over 2km and will be counted today (Monday 24th).

Other unusual sock world records include the most number of socks worn on one foot, which currently stands at 102.

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Colourful tights are one way to 'jazz up' outfits

Colourful tights are one way to 'jazz up' outfits
Undertaking to wear the same little black dress every day for a year might sound like a nightmare to most women, but there all sorts of ways to make it different every time.

Vibrant coloured tights were one way in which Sheena Matheiken spiced up the outfit during her year-long charity mission.

Raising funds for the Akanksha Foundation that helps send slum children in India to school, she wore the same black dress and used accessories to add colour and make it unique.

"I usually start dressing with a pair of stockings and then work out the rest of the outfit," she told CNN.

She wore things like hand-dyed tights and added funky shoes, bandanas and any other sort of accessory you can think of.

Matheiken designed the dress herself with a friend for the Uniform Project, and made seven copies to avoid having to wash it all the time, she said.

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Lily Cole uses her loaf and wears socks

Lily Cole uses her loaf and wears socks
Top model and actress Lily Cole ditched her normally racy catwalk outfits for something a bit more comfortable when spotted on her way to an exam in Cambridge.

Sporting a pair of loafers and beige socks, she looked "every inch the history of art student," according to the Daily Mirror.

The St Trinian's actress was about to sit an exam for her history of art degree at Cambridge and no doubt had more than just fashion on her mind.

Perhaps she was trying to emulate singer Rhianna, who recently took to the red carpet in socks and heels.

Clashing together different styles, like mixing socks with high heels is part of a growing fashion trend, according to Natalia Colman, a stylist at Stylespecialists.co.uk.

She said lots of young people are copying their fashion idols in order to make a statement.

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Knee-high sports socks causing a stir in the tennis world

Knee-high sports socks causing a stir in the tennis world
The French Open has thrown up a few surprises, but not with the play on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands won her first round match wearing a pair of knee-high black sports socks, a black skirt and a pink top.

She plans on wearing sports socks in a variety of colours for the rest of the season, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Wimbledon got a shock one year when turned up on centre court in white knee-high socks.

Defending her novel take on tennis wear, she said: "I think it's great. If you see two blonde-haired girls wearing the same outfits, it's really hard for the fans to tell them apart."

Meanwhile, the Williams sisters have been hitting the headlines with some interesting outfits.

Venus Williams offered a few revealing glimpses when she went on court in Paris in transparent underwear and black lace corset-like dress.

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On the look-out for fashion tights

On the look-out for fashion tights
Fashionistas from all over the UK are wanted for the country's biggest fashion event to catalogue the nation's styles.

People who prefer funky fashion tights to a pair of standard opaque stockings are wanted for a new scheme to document Britain's most stylish cities.

The Clothes Show, which hosts annual events in London and Birmingham, is looking for chic and fashion-aware individuals to join their Style Scout Team for a new blog that will highlight different trends around the UK.

Members of the team will be out and about in Britain's towns and cities taking pictures of all that is new and trendy in the clothes world.

With the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga regularly getting in the news for their funky legwear, it could be the turn of less famous fashion-conscious members of the public to be in the limelight.

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Pink tights 'no use in Harlem ballet'

Pink tights 'no use in Harlem ballet'
Going to the ballet usually involves several pretty standard things - men in dubious all-in-ones, elaborate routines, beautiful music and of course, girls in tutus and pretty pink tights.

Pink tights, however, are only any good if the person wearing them has skin that is vaguely similar. For black ballerinas, pink just won't do.

An exhibition showcasing the history of the Dance Theatre of Harlem has shed some light on the measures taken by its founder, Arthur Mitchell, to make his costumes match the hues of his stars.

The problem became symbolic for him, claims the Los Angeles Times, as he told his costume designers to dye lycra tights and spray paint shoes to shades of brown and cinnamon to be more life-like.

Issues of race and the fashion world hit the headlines recently after reports describing a pink dress worn by Michelle Obama as flesh-coloured caused controversy.

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Madonna leaves stockings on for video

Madonna leaves stockings on for video
If the queen of pop Madonna is to be found shooting a video, it's usually for her next big hit-single.

Recently however, Madge has taken to another way of earning money - making sunglasses adverts wearing a black leotard and fishnet stockings.

She was spotted in her fishnet stockings getting friendly with a handsome hunk in a scene for her new advertisement.

The singer is promoting her own label MDG sunglasses which she has set up with a little help from her friends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Madonna has recently been linked to American Idol as a possible replacement for Puala Abdul, who left the show.

It seems fishnet stockings are making a comeback in the pop world with one of the pretenders to Madonna's throne making an impact with some racy examples.

Lady Gaga was seen wearing ripped fishnet stockings in Berlin and Stockholm while on her latest world tour.

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Opaque tights are just Peachy

Opaque tights are just Peachy
Peaches Geldof has been trying to draw attention away from her dazzling new smile while out and about in London recently.

Wearing opaque tights with heels and gold sequin dress, she took to the red carpet for the Ray-Ban sunglasses launch.

In addition to the opaque tights, she held a studded back, wore a gold chain headdress and showed off her tan.

Despite wowing photographers with her new look, she claimed on twitter that she "looked like a total goth".

The daughter of fundraising legend Bob Geldof has been in Los Angeles and returned for the Ray-Ban event and the premiere of the second Sex and the City film.

For the movie premiere she was a little more glammed up, wearing a bikini-style minidress, that the Daily Mail suggests was to draw attention away from her shiny white teeth.

It is thought she is using veneers to get that LA smile.

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Stockings rise and fall with the economy

Stockings rise and fall with the economy
What people are wearing can be just as good an indicator of the state of the economy as any government forecasts, it has been claimed.

If you are wearing a ripped or laddered pair of tights or tatty old knickers, it could be a sign of bad times, according to lovemoney.com's Harvey Jones.

His Consumer Pants Index, which says that that people buy more pants when times are good, is based on the original weathervane of the link between wealth and fashion - the hemline indicator.

George Taylor, a professor of business in the US noted that during the great depression hemlines went down after having got progressively higher during the twenties.

It is thought that women could not afford silk stockings after the Wall Street crash, and so started wearing long skirts again.

The trend followed throughout the twentieth century with hemlines rising to show off stockings and bare legs in throughout the boom times of 50s and 60s before falling again in the strike-hit 70s.

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