Written by By Meghan Pennington, CNN
Kimberly Miller-King has a more fun approach to pantyhose.
“I might not like something as much as you will. But I will think about it and consider it and make a stylistic choice as opposed to just ‘Fuck it, I like this or I don’t like this,'” she says of her process.
In her 32 years as a fashion designer, the dressmaker-turned-modeling-studio owner has seen trends for pantyhose evolve, her inspiration come and go, and she’s always on the hunt for an ultimate style.
For now, she’s fascinated by black. Specifically, by the pantyhose worn by the remarkable ensembles by fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel.
“We’re discussing that — what should it look like? It shouldn’t be the same,” says Miller-King. “To me, that made me a real fanatic in Pantyhose.”
(Although she admits to being guilty of wearing some.)
This February, Miller-King offered up some insight on pantyhose in an interview with “Style” magazine, discussing everything from how it should be worn to what brands to steer clear of.
And since then, pantyhose’s repertoire has only broadened, evolving on a more modest, gentler, contemporary stage.
“When we’re looking at a couple of pantyhose right now, my thing is not a high-waisted pantyhose,” she says. “We’ve gone away from the point of view of the high-waisted pantyhose. I just think that’s a passing phase. I think what’s hot now is very knitted.”
The fashion icon
In her work designing for premium brands like Nike and Chanel, Miller-King has become so familiar with pantyhose that she even prefers some of the most classic styles over newer, edgier fashion trends.
While her preferred duo includes the “barely there knitted leg”, she says, “in the fashion context, the black pantyhose that is you know, oh, you know, pencil-thin.”
It’s her connection to the industry, she says, that forces her to keep up with the current pantyhose updates.
“The thing I love is this organic and almost artisanal way that Pantyhose comes to life,” she says. “The designs that Karl Lagerfeld has ever created, they look like they’ve been worked on by an artisan. They’re so specific, and so simple and so beautifully rounded and so rich in the organization of the fabric — their detail — is just beautiful.
“I’m so grateful to be able to pay respect to them.”