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Henry Holland is undoubtedly one of London’s most talented young designers. His collections always stand out, with pieces that ooze creativity from the seams. He first appeared under the fashion radar with his witty, colourful slogan t-shirts that took everyone by storm, emblazoned with phrases such as “I’ll show you who’s boss, Kate Moss”.  He went on to astound the industry with bold tartans, edgy prints, and party-hard gear. Most recently, he took inspiration from Dulux paint cards to create a new collection.

Amongst a sea of colored striped coats and dresses and suits, the tights of the season waited for their time to shine, and that moment is now. While the rest of the world has been vacationing on the beach, the fashion community has been planning what they’ll be wearing once the sun retires and winter kicks in. I’ll bet that the Henry Holland/Pretty Polly tights will be on the top of every fashionista’s winter wish list.

Samantha Taylor, the Selfridges Hosiery Buyer, stated: “This summer, sales of opaque tights have been particularly strong, up around 56% in 2008. Women are adapting their wardrobes to the unpredictable British weather, mixing summer outfits with tights. Henry Holland’s Pretty Polly collection couldn’t be launching at a better time, with colder weather soon to strike.”

Holland’s best friends Agyness Deyn, Pixie Geldof, and Little Boots grace the list of ‘It girls’ who are mad for Henry’s collection for Pretty Polly. Made from sheer and opaque fabrics, the range of designs definitely has the House of Holland signature, from the trademark purple tights decorated with cream bands around the thigh and the mid calf, to the “mock stock” which incorporates the feminine allure of a stocking and the practicality of a pair of tights.

Henry Holland is excited to dive into new depths of the fashion design industry and says, “I feel like I have found my calling with this leg wear range – I am now in love with all things hosiery.”

His newfound infatuation with hosiery has spread through the industry. Practical with a splash of creative genius… these pieces are priced at around £10. Now we can indulge our hosiery desire exclusively in Selfridges, and adorn our stems with bold prints and creative flair.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.