Queen of the kick-flare heel Amina Muaddi’s first venture into hosiery is as sassy as you’d hope for from the woman who single-handedly keeps Rihanna and Hailey Bieber in playful pumps. Joining forces with leading innerwear company Wolford, the influential designer set out to create solution-based smalls as flawlessly crafted and beautifully visual as her shoes.
“Quality, comfort and versatility are very important to me,” she tells British Vogue of her MO when approaching any design (Muaddi also makes delectable crystal-choked top-handle bags). “I wanted to create a collection that felt timeless, yet fresh and modern.” Together, the Jordanian-Romanian designer and the “skinwear” experts at Wolford sketched 60 styles of bodysuits, leggings, hosiery, dresses, and one killer catsuit that will surely make an appearance on Muaddi’s Instagram soon.
Now narrowed down to a 17-piece edit of hosiery-meets-ready-to-wear, the clean cuts, concentrated color palette, and textures, from sheer tulle to jersey, and Latex to nylon, ensures there’s a piece of Amina Muaddi X Wolford to suit every style and outfit conundrum. “The crystal nude tights come in three different shades, so they can match most skin tones,” she shares of solving her previous struggle to find the right fabrics to suit her. “I also made a pair of tights with a slit between the toes that allows you to wear thong sandals with them – that’s something I needed and was never able to find.”
The pint-sized fashionista, who is a regular on Jacquemus’s front rows, delved into the Wolford archives for a Roger Weiss campaign channeling the ’90s – something that is becoming a prerequisite for young creatives. “Wolford’s campaigns photographed by Helmut Newton had this minimalistic, slick aesthetic that I love and relate to in my work,” she explains. The vibrant, abstract pictures are emblematic of the decadence of Amina Muaddi, and the attention-to-detail that underlines the brand. It’s the former that attracts It-girls from all over the world to the businesswoman’s new-gen Cinderella slippers, and the latter that keeps them coming back for more.
“There are no rules with my shoes,” she quips when asked what to pair with the new pieces, which retail from £82 for tights to £563 for the eye-watering one-piece. “From denim or sweatpants combined with a tee to the most extravagant cocktail dresses and gowns, anything goes. The Swarovski fishnets are great for styling looks and transforming the most simple outfit into a super glamorous one.”
Her tips on how to prolong the life of tights and enjoy ladderless nights out are similarly fabulous, and indicative of why the fashion world fell head over heels for her, while Wolford singled her out as a collaborator. “Both my shoes and hosiery have a short but intense life,” she says. Who doesn’t want to live life in Muaddi’s fast lane?
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk