When they weren't showing bare legs, European designers opted for sexy legwear to complement the steamy HotPants and micro skirts that strutted down the spring runways. While slinky, soft-white fishnets were a favorite with Krizia and Istante, a more classic take on white hosiery -- lattice textures -- showed up at Emporio Armani. For a high-voltage effect, Martine Sitbon and Blumarine's Anna Molinari chose black stockings with garters peeking out from tiny skirts. Lacquered, shiny looks were Balenciaga's leg solution to those short satin skirts.

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