Confronting the T Legs

Confronting the T Legs

Cooperative-designs-spring-summer-2010-look16>> I'm a loser who backtracks on her words.  I've expressed misgivings about words such as 'tribal' and 'ethnic', words thrown around quite loosely in fashion because more specific terminology is not at hand to give definition.

What do I find myself buying?  Some crochet leg warmers from the that can only really be described as 'tribal'.  Though strictly speaking, the collection itself is a tribue to all things Bauhaus which confuses the issue further.  Nonetheless, there's no getting away from that t word and no, I cannot tell you what bloody tribe it is other than the aesthetic is from that big, gigantic, continent called Africa (do you despair when you hear kids on buses declaring Africa is a country…?)

T word aside, these legwarmers (hmm… might need to rethink the name here as clearly they're not going to be err… keeping the pins warm..) form quite possibly the trickiest item in my wardrobe.  Once you get the knots and ties all sorted, the panels all in the right place, the loops all hoisted up and the fact I needed a suspender belt to keep the whole structure up and running, it does take a good five minutes to ensure everything is a-ok.  Still, it's five minutes well-spent and since their first outing in Paris a couple of weeks ago (complete with flailing hair et goofy expression…), these have been itching to be experimented with more…

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(Photograph by for // Photograph by Phil Oh of – wearing Krystof Strozyna blazer over vintage polka dot rainmac, gradiated tights, TUK creepers, White Triumpet dot cut-out tee over Whistles jumper, headband and Full Circle clutch)

For now though, let's just simply count the knots (14 in both legs), loops (four straight forward straps for the ankles) and toe straps (two…for the big toes)… yes, I now own an item of clothing with TOE straps…let's try and top that, yah?

Oh, and thank you sun for deigning to pop out so that I don't feel bad that these aren't actually warming the legs…

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  1. Vicki

    2010-03-28 at 3:45 PM

    wow, those are awesome! must have been really tricky putting on though!
    love your hair!

  2. kelly

    2010-03-28 at 3:47 PM

    this is so awesome!! this maybe is my fave outfit of yours!!
    btw, i read your interview on Apple Daily today, the 1:1 display of you is very nice!! hearing you speak in Cantonese is the funniest, ha!

  3. Kb

    2010-03-28 at 3:57 PM

    So unbelievably cool, I love how versatile they are, with sandals or even brogues.

  4. Catherine

    2010-03-28 at 3:58 PM

    Ahh your head part looks so adorable, and thelegs!!!

  5. Leonidas

    2010-03-28 at 3:59 PM

    your hair is fabulous

  6. Tayler

    2010-03-28 at 4:29 PM

    whoa these are awesome, and you pull them off well!

  7. Cristina Suspiria

    2010-03-28 at 4:49 PM

    I love your outfit, it is so creative!

  8. Sofia Leo

    2010-03-28 at 5:01 PM

    Never saw a pair of these before, but they look gorgeous! Especially with the outfit you picked out!

  9. EJ

    2010-03-28 at 5:26 PM

    Don’t stay out in the sun too long in them though, Suze- you’d end up with some VERY strange tan lines.

  10. bex

    2010-03-28 at 5:32 PM

    This is so cool! Love the sandals!

  11. Festy in style

    2010-03-28 at 5:53 PM

    Great post! I like it.

  12. Tasha

    2010-03-28 at 6:01 PM

    these are something that i would never consider looking at in a shop or the like, but look lovely, especially with those sandals-they way they look is worth the amount of time it takes to put them on

  13. caviardreams

    2010-03-28 at 6:17 PM

    these are amazing, especially with those sandals. good call with the whole ethnic and tribal terminology. I made a post not long ago and I wanted to describe how exotic the looks were, and how they transport me to some far away place, and I felt like I had to describe it as tribal chic.

  14. ChestCinema

    2010-03-28 at 6:19 PM

    gladiator socks!!!
    thats pretty cool

  15. too young to swing

    2010-03-28 at 6:32 PM

    hell now that’s original

  16. Clare

    2010-03-28 at 6:41 PM

    Ooh, i really like these. They suit your style perfectly and are tribal-esque rather than full on tribal.


  17. Steff

    2010-03-28 at 7:11 PM

    Umm, I need these! Where are they available? Love the idea of gladiator leggings.

  18. Sandra

    2010-03-28 at 7:54 PM

    Yes! Can I possibly order these online??

  19. amanda

    2010-03-28 at 7:56 PM

    these are freakin amazing- great purchase lady!

  20. Shelley

    2010-03-28 at 8:09 PM

    I’ve never seen these anywhere before, and they are so completely impractical, and complicated, but they look so fabulous, especially with the sandals! I could see wearing those in the summer with shorts just like you’ve styled them here, or with skirts. Once again, another great Susie inspiration!

  21. WendyB

    2010-03-28 at 8:30 PM

    I am way too fidgety…I would be messing with those leggings all day! Everyone would be telling me “stop touching them!”
    Love the blazer/raincoat layered look.

  22. I V E S T I T I !

    2010-03-28 at 10:31 PM

    Never seen these…very cool. I have a necklace lice this, may have to strap to my leg…
    I V E S T I T I !

  23. Sabine

    2010-03-28 at 10:38 PM

    Handknitted fetish wear… How cool is that?!

  24. thestreetfashion5xpro

    2010-03-28 at 10:41 PM

    this is art

  25. melina bee

    2010-03-28 at 11:40 PM

    those are insane. not sure if I can imagine anyone else pulling them off besides you. You could describe them as geometric, which incorporates both elements of “tribal” and Bauhaus. melina bee

  26. Kay

    2010-03-28 at 11:48 PM

    i don¬¥t see at as tribal but very original…

  27. Winnie

    2010-03-28 at 11:48 PM

    I’m too impatient to ever give these a go but…I love how they look on. I like how they look almost skeletal!

  28. M

    2010-03-29 at 12:05 AM

    quite impresive ¬øleg warmers? nah leg enhancers maybe…they draw the eye to the legs which is always nice

  29. grazia

    2010-03-29 at 12:36 AM

    wonderfully weird and nice!!!

  30. iAmAko

    2010-03-29 at 2:17 AM

    Pretty unique 🙂

  31. Brigadeiro

    2010-03-29 at 2:28 AM

    I’m in love with your blue blazer! I am now off to ‘research’ on Krystof Strozyna…

  32. Robyn

    2010-03-29 at 3:19 AM

    LOL, these are TRICKSY! They look good though– you always find such unique items!

  33. Alarid

    2010-03-29 at 3:58 AM

    Those are pretty cute! They aren’t crochet, though, those are knit stitches I see…

  34. DDGdaily - Kate

    2010-03-29 at 5:10 AM

    Somehow you make that crazy things look effortless. Fab as usual! I’d love to try them layered over some colored tights.

  35. Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts

    2010-03-29 at 6:00 AM

    These are surprisingly lovely. Of course, as Kate has already said – you seem to have a way with the unusual! Well worn. xo

  36. christina

    2010-03-29 at 8:01 AM

    you pull them off very well, although I think these would even look better in leather

  37. Candy

    2010-03-29 at 12:38 PM


  38. Ly

    2010-03-29 at 1:14 PM

    not only do they look great, particularly with the sandals; but they would be actually flattering to thick legs (such as mine) because of the centre panels. Another time, could you show us the back and the side view?
    I can imagine these in a knee-hi version, which I think would be even more popular.

  39. Fashiomilla

    2010-03-29 at 2:05 PM

    That alfit was perfect!

  40. J.

    2010-03-29 at 2:22 PM

    Very original !

  41. SOS! Save Our Shoes

    2010-03-29 at 2:37 PM

    Susie, these are amazing! I love how you’re wearing them here, and I’m looking forward to seeing them worked with different outfits in the future.
    PS: People saying ‘He’s from Africa’ is completely rubbish. Some people need to be educated.
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  42. susie_bubble

    2010-03-29 at 11:18 PM

    Noted about the tan lines EJ!
    Re buying them… These are not available online but please do Cooperative Designs directly through their website to see about buying from them directly…!

  43. Teacups & Couture

    2010-03-30 at 7:30 AM

    those are wild!

  44. Yvonne

    2010-03-31 at 9:50 PM

    Wow! those r Amazing i want them

  45. Becca

    2010-04-01 at 3:57 PM

    these actually look really cool!

  46. handmade jewelry

    2010-04-02 at 4:44 PM

    the coolest thing ever!

  47. Carly-Anne

    2010-04-05 at 5:26 PM

    They look really great on you.

  48. S

    2010-08-03 at 4:29 PM

    Those are knit, not crochet!

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