So, let’s talk about fishnet panels. No, not the piscine entrapment devices, or members of the European Fisheries Council, I mean the fishnet material that’s used in clothing. Everyone knows what fishnet is – a holey, woven fabric with an open diamond-shaped pattern – and everyone should know what it feels like (even if you are a coarse fisherman!) – sometimes it’s cheap, harsh and scratchy, and other times it’s soft, fine and expensive.
It’s synonymous with sex too: think fishnet stockings (a real favourite with Lady Gaga) or all-in-one fetish body stockings. The visual appeal of fishnet is obvious thanks to the way it clings to the body and enhances every curve, although you could argue that it’s not very practical if you need to keep warm! But who cares about that when looking sexy is at stake. And when it comes to that you’ve got to choose classic black fishnet every time, haven’t you?
But back to fishnet panels. Stitching little inserts of this material into an otherwise solid fabric is a clever way to add contrast and transparency. You’re not overtly bare but are showing tempting glimpses of skin, and that’s often far sexier than letting it all hang out. Sometimes you just want see-through sexiness that teases not terrifies! And that’s where super-fine fishnet panels are perfect.
An absolute master in the use of fishnet panels is the French fetish-wear designer Patrice Catanzaro. He uses the softest, stretchiest net around – in fact his fishnet is made especially for him – and his creations are really beautiful and sexy. Check out how he uses this fine sheer fabric to cleverly enhance the female, and the male, form. Hope you enjoy the view!