A Clutch of Bags

1970s, alistair cowin, Angela at London Town, bags, biba, caroline smith, Elle, flair magazine, gordon king, Herbert Johnson, Illustrations, Pierre Elegante, Sujon, Titfers
From left to right: Black satin Oxford bags, Angela at London Town £5; black satin clutch bag with rhinestone star, Titfers £8. Orange and red blanket check pure wool bags with turn ups, Pierre Elegante £8; yellow felt clutch bag with navy satin trim and flower button, Titfers £4. Wool gaberdine rust Oxford bags with winged pockets and turn ups, Gordon King £7.50; navy felt clutch bag with white anchor and white satin trim, Titfers £4; cotton kerchief square 40p, Herbert Johnson. Rust two toned patterned wool tweed trousers with turn ups, Biba £5.50; Black suede clutch bag with rust suede trim, Biba £7.75. Red acrylic wool Oxford bags, Alistair Cowin £6.50; black blue and beige chevron felt clutch bag, Titfers, £4.20. Rust brown and ochre checked wool tweed bags with turn ups, Sujon £9.50; golden suede clutch bag with tortoiseshell flap, Elle £12.50.

This autumn there are bags everywhere: Oxford ones on your pins and clutch ones in the hand. The return of the straight trouser has brought with it wing lapelled jackets with padded shoulders and neat waistcoats. Underneath, a feminine touch to soften the butch look, blouses with floppy painters’ bows. And don’t forget your clutch bag tucked neatly under your arm.

Illustration by Caroline Smith.

Scanned from Flair, November 1971.

Decent Exposure

19 magazine, 1970s, caroline smith, Emmanuelle Khanh, Fenwick, Illustrations, janet reger, lingerie, margit brandt, mary quant, mr freedom, Uncategorized, Vintage Editorials

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Tiny cut away bra and pants both by Mary Quant.

See-through dresses and communal changing rooms call for something more flamboyant than chainstore underwear. What’s needed is a bit of…

Illustrated by Caroline Smith.

Scanned from 19 Magazine, April 1970.

 

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White cotton jersey bra and boxer shorts printed with red stars by Mr Freedom

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Black and white delicately patterned set by Emmanuelle Khanh.

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Pink purple and black print bra and matching pants by Janet Reger. Metal armlet tied by coloured leather thongs from Mr Freedom.

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White lacey bra and white nylon culottes both from Fenwicks.

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Tiny white and grey nylon jersey bra and pants by Margit Brandt. Hand-engraved metal armbands from Mr Freedom.

Turn the heat on

1970s, Abecita, caroline smith, flair magazine, Illustrations, margit brandt, Marks and Spencer, mary quant, Simpson of Piccadilly, underwear

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Clockwise from top left: Wolsey, Brettles, Margit Brant, Wolsey, Abecita, Mary Quant.

It’s an accomplished fact that the warmest way to hibernate starts right next to your skin. Here, then, are some of the hottest bare body coverings – Short-johns, mid-johns, long-johns, vests, bodytops and a petticoat to wear under everything else, plus the cosiest nightie on the market.

Fabrics vary from wool to cotton jersey, man-mades and mixtures, all good old favourites that have proved their insulation properties over past winters. These hibernation undies are all warm investments and most of them glamorous enough to want to show off. Long-johns and mid-johns are staging a comeback as circulation increases: wear them rolled up, if you like, over tights, under socks. Pile them on to beat the winter.

Illustrations by Caroline Smith.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Flair, December 1971.

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Left to right: Medico at Simpsons, Mary Quant, Marks & Spencer, Brettle, Mary Quant and Wolsey.

The Present Shape of Christmas

1960s, caroline smith, Queen magazine, Richard Winslade, thea porter

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…can be coped with from bed If you have a telephone, a writing hand, and a London address, why walk? Christmas can come to you.

Pretty much my idea of perfection, from the Thea Porter kaftan to the Caroline Smith poster on the wall…

Photographed by Richard Winslade.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Queen, December 1969.

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Mild Sauce: “I was frigid”

1970s, caroline smith, cosmopolitan, Illustrations, Inspirational Images, mild sauce

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Illustration by Caroline Smith (uncredited) for an article entitled ‘I was frigid’.

Scanned from Cosmopolitan, March 1973

Inspirational Illustrations: Caroline Smith, 1972

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Illustration by Caroline Smith.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vanity Fair, April 1972

Illustrations in Harpers and Queen, July 1972

annacat, bus stop, caroline smith, Illustrations, pablo and delia, queen, seventies fashion

Truly, inspirationally perfect illustrations from Harpers and Queen, July 1972. I recently acquired an Annacat in the same print as the one above, in a slightly different cut, and I have another dress in the exact same cut but a plain green fabric. Annacat dresses make me happy, this spread makes me happy.

If you would like some Annacat happiness in your life, please check out the amazing one I have for sale on my website.

Illustrations by Caroline Smith